#NaPoWriMo Daily Walk


Decorative mailbox by the Front Door

Poem #1

Jaunt to mailbox
Past aloe and rosebush
Then down the street past neighbors homes

Poem #2

Trek to mailbox
Key in hand

Before walking home
Empty handed

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today, our optional prompt challenges you to write a poem based on a “walking archive.” What’s that? Well, it’s when you go on a walk and gather up interesting thing – a flower, a strange piece of bark, a rock. This then becomes your “walking archive” – the physical instantiation of your walk. If you’re unable to get out of the house (as many of us now are), you can create a “walking archive” by wandering around your own home and gathering knick-knacks, family photos, maybe a strange spice or kitchen gadget you never use. One you’ve finished your gathering, lay all your materials out on  a tray table, like museum specimens. Now, let your group of materials inspire your poem! You can write about just one of the things you’ve gathered, or how all of them are all linked, or even what they say about you, who chose them and brought them together.

Good afternoon and welcome to day nineteen of napowrimo where I describe the daily walk down the street to the mailbox. We have a community mailbox at the end of the street, but years ago my husband bought an old mailbox to decorate the front entry. I had a picture of when we hosted Flat Stanley in my archive so I used it for the photo today. And yes, once again disappointment reigned as Robin’s reading package was not in the mail yesterday. At least he has now emailed Changing Hands, because according to the emails both Gretchen and Robin’s packages shipped on the same day.


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