So many things

The NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a sad poem using short lines, and the example given is a loose form of sonnet. I’ve already written a strict form sonnet, so this is an easier one, though the lines are probably too long to be considered ‘short’ and the theme is more regret than tragedy.


There are so many things I’d like to see

Before I leave this life,

So many things I’d like to be,

More than just daughter, mother wife.

There are still things I want to do

With these hands, this mind

While they still work, I thought you knew—

Perhaps familiarity and love grew too entwined.

I intend to dig down to the heart

You’ve never understood through all these years

And shape my clay with my own art,

If there’s still time for more than angry tears.

But my sands sift as fast as for the others,

The unfulfilled daughters, wives and mothers.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

27 thoughts on “So many things”

      1. Wonderful poem. So perfect. Do you really believe in the “then”? Just do it, life is too short to wait. 😉
        On the other side, you are living in the paradise.

      1. 👍👍
        I was thinking of joining NaPoWriMo this year. But with the remodeling work dragging on (currently staying with our friends till Saturday), was not sure that I would be able to stick to the routine of following a theme and publishing daily for a month. Therefore I just chose a theme for myself for the month and posting a poem daily, hopefully till the end of the month.

      2. You don’t need to use the prompt. There will be days when I won’t find the prompt useful. The essential thing is to write a poem a day however it’s inspired.

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