National Poetry Month – Day 17

April 17 – Prompt: “Your weakest point of insecurity.”

It might be a personality trait, a comment someone said all those years ago – a deep, deep fear. Either way, its time to release it. Give it a name and shed light on it by way of words – your own words. Healing. Redemptive. Liberating.

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“Defenseless. Broken.

Nothing but trash on the floor.

Unable. Unspoken.

Couldn’t become more…

Vulnerable. Wanted!

Value beyond compare.

Empowered. Undaunted –

Because He met me there.”

– B. Biter 2019

National Poetry Month – Day 16

I have been more sporadic in my writing this month than I’d hoped to be, and begin writing for a prompt without finishing it – BUT! Today I managed to get one completed.

April 16 – Prompt: “Your favorite childhood memory.”

Fun Fact – my neighbor once saw how much I loved to climb, and how greatly I needed a little bit of space all my own, so he gifted me the ginormous tree standing in his front yard. Dear, sweet man! If I could speak with you just one more time, I’d tell you just how amazing that gift was to a young girl.

“Up I go into the sprawling branches

Notebook held firmly between my teeth,

My bare feet grasping the rough bark

As the ground blurs far beneath.

I reach my favorite resting place

Pull out my pen, begin to write –

The birds calmly flit around me now

As we stay contentedly out of sight.

The tree its self embraces me as well

And I’m rocked within its shade

Familiar friends –

as if this tree..

…just for me…

was made.

– B. Biter 2019

National Poetry Month – Day 13

April 13 – Prompt: “How do rainy days make you feel?”

Rain doesn’t always act as a lady should,

but respect – she always demands.

And her wildness of nature is endearing

as I see myself in her every dance.

So even if the storms rage for days,

And wind angrily blows about,

And the clouds let loose their bolts of light

As the thunder begins to shout…

There’s something calming about the chaos

And a gentleness to the rain

That lets me know I’m not alone –

Even nature can release it’s pain.

The rawness of all emotion found within her

Whether percieved as good or bad,

Allows me a sense of freedom in her presence

As I have rarely before had.

And if she can bellow out her fury

And still cause the flowers to bloom,

Something even more beautiful than this storm

Shall soon fill this now empty room.

And if I can just keep pushing on until I notice

New growth bursting forth like fresh blades of grass

I’ll know the worst is ending soon

And good things will come to pass.

– B. Biter 2019

Moments Matter

I was going to pick up on National Poetry Month with day eleven’s prompt: “One thing you simply don’t regret.” But I’m feeling a little too raw to make words extra pretty, and I’m doing well to get them on a page.

I’ve recently been witness to two funeral processions for men who once served their communities – my community – very well. Then today, we followed my uncle to his final resting place. And the thing that most sticks out in my mind is the total strangers who see the sadness in flashing lights, and pull over to the shoulder. The somber pause in their day to show understanding of the grief felt within, even as the world continues to spin and the sun rises as surely as it ever has, makes it a little less heavy. A little easier to bear. A lot less lonely as they silently and respectfully honor the ones we have lost with us.

April 11 – A tad bit late and not at all a poem. — I have never regretted giving up my time to be present for someone else when they needed it. I have never regretted answering God’s prompting in my heart to move in the moments that He shows me it is time. And I do hope to always heed Him – however uncomfortable it makes me.

National Poetry Month – Day 9

April 9 – Prompt: “I hope that you _______.” As a reminder, you’re welcome to write along! The prompts come from @indelibleinkwriters on Instagram, and the more the merrier. I love reading what everyone puts to paper and shares!

I hope that you…

…Speak up for what is right and true

And those things weighing heavily on your mind.

…Seek the beauty all around you,

Leave insecurities and labels behind

…Give what is owed to those whom it is due,

And always choose curiosity over being refined.

– B. Biter