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NaPoWriMo2022 Day#6


Today’s challenge: write a poem that reproduces a phrase with the first words of each line. Perhaps you could write a poem in which the first words of each line, read together, reproduce a treasured line of poetry? You could even try using a newspaper headline or something from a magazine article. 

I chose, Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary – Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

RAVEN’S LAMENT

Once a raven, black as coal 

upon a moonlit eve, 

a minute before 

midnight came to my window ledge.

Dreary, listless days he’d passed

while mourning his lost mate.

I watched him grieve in solitude,

pondered his woeful state.

Weak, his will to live now spent 

and naught that I could do, he closed his

weary eyes and whispered, never more, never more.

Wendie Donabie 2022

Photo credit: Tom Mossholder

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