Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cloudy Day

Good day, dear reader. Today marks the first day of OctPoWriMo 2015. The challenge this month is to write 31 poems in 31 days. I am very excited to once again be part of this journey, to engage fellow poets, and to renew acquaintances from last year's efforts. I hope you come back each day to see the new offering. I only hope I have the strength to complete the challenge.

My first poem this month is based on the prompt 'clouds'. For those of you who are new to my work and don't know anything about me, I am a bi-polar poet who writes very personal and emotional poetry. Having just come out of a mild episode of darkness, this piece is me. The prompt could not have been any better, and I thank Morgan Dragonwillow for that. 

Please enjoy.

Rod E. Kok
October 1, 2015

Cautious whispers
Lurk inside my head
Obscuring my dreams
Under night’s dark blanket.
Daylight brings relief,
Yet clouds still surround me.

Damaged thoughts
Alter an unwilling mind.
Yet silver linings still exist.


  1. I love hopeful ends. Glad to see you again this year. :)

  2. This is definitely a very emotive piece - but I appreciate how you have thought of trying to find the silver lining - working towards finding light. It's not always easy - still we try. Great acrostic :)

  3. Thank you so much, Rod, for sharing your heart. Openness, honesty, and authenticity are three traits I value highly. I am sure to enjoy traveling through OctPoWriMo with you. May there be many silver linings in the days ahead.

  4. Hi Rod, so glad you're on this journey again with us. I too struggle with dark periods and I am working my way toward the light. Glad you found my prompt helpful, love your Acrostic poem.

  5. My link is wrong on here. For some reason I can't post the link to my blog, but it is on the OctPoWriMo page. That said I'll tell you why I'm leaving you a comment lol.

    I also am bi-polar. Have been since an early age. So I know well the ups and downs out minds can create. But the one thing I've held on to for so long is the simple joy of hope. In the next moment, a new day, a new life.

    That last line, "Yet silver linings still exist," oh wow! It bought years to my eyes. WONDERFULLY done!

  6. Glad to see hope in this. Powerful feelings.

  7. Glad to see you back at it, Rod. The darkness of depression is hard for others to see, but you poetry is a light to lead you out and to show us what you are feeling.

    Fantastic start!!

  8. Thanks for the background info, Rod - makes the poem all the more meaningful. Nicely done.

  9. This is wonderful take on the prompt.