Sunday, April 5, 2015

All That We Can Be

Dear reader

I don’t like today’s prompt. I don’t like Emily Dickinson. I don’t like creating a poem out of someone else’s work. And yet, that is what we had to do today for #NaPoWriMo. And so, because I have promised myself to write every day this month, I worked hard at this. Let me be clear, dear reader. I don’t like this poem that I wrote. But it is sure better than the first one I did. So, please pass your own judgement on my work. I am sure Emily would roll over in her grave if she could read such drivel.  Rest in Peace, Emily….I will leave you alone now.

Rod E. Kok
April 5, 2015

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.

Emily Dickinson

Fame is fleeting,
I’ve never experienced it,
although I once sang a song.

Fame has a sting,
or rather,
the journey to fame

For on a wing
and a prayer
we want to be
all that we
can be.


  1. That is awesome!! And definitely not drivel, Rod!! :-)

  2. I completely understand your take on the prompt. I hate the idea of taking someone else's poem and trying to change it to make it my own. I tried, I tried, and I always came short of something satisfying. In the end I gave up entirely on the prompt and wrote something completely different :-)

    Good on you for trying though. And being brave enough to share your poem with us! I really like your last verse.