I once joined in with NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, I completely forgot about it this year until now. I may not be able to join in every day, but I certainly would like to participate as often as I can.
Today is Day 7 and this is the prompt: Identity
And now for our (optional) prompt. In our interview, Kyle Dargan suggests writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc.. These are all ways you could be described or lenses you could be viewed through. Now divide all of those things into lists of what makes you feel powerful and what makes you feel vulnerable. Now write a poem in which one of the identities from the first list contends or talks with an identity from the second list. This might turn out to be kind of a “heavy” exercise, emotionally, but I hope you will find the results enlightening
I was not quite sure how to go about this, but I have written about my identity as a student nurse (powerful) being reprimanded by that of being a wife and mother (vulnerable). I hope it makes sense.
You study so hard to reach your goal, to become the best nurse you can be
Yet, here am I right under your nose, what about time for me?
At work, you are calm and deal with the stress, ever so patiently,
Yet when you come home, you are tired and cross, and very impatient with me
You look after people who do silly things, that have caused a medical emergency
Yet when I tried things that made me quite ill, you were very angry with me.
I know your career is important to you, and you want to get your degree
But, don’t forget that you are not alone, you do have a family!
Better late than never eh sis ! Great poem!
Thanks, Sis. I am glad you liked it. 🙂
This is such a wondeful poem, sis! Too often we are so used to go for ourselves that we forget we don’t need to deal with everything on our own.
Thanks Sis, yes that is true, and also we can become a little neglectful of those closest to us 🙂
That is also very true. We only see our obligations to others and forget those who are close!
So many things to be… and you manage to be a shining example of being YOU! ❤
Thank you so much, Sis . 💖
Love this conversation Judy, great poetry💜
Thanks, Willow, sometimes it is a bit of a struggle trying to balance everything. 🙂
I really do understand Judy but you are doing your best and that’s all that you can do 💜💜
Yes, that’s true, Sis…only another 2 years to go before I finish Uni! 🙂
And it will be worth it!!
Oh yes, definitely! 🙂
I never felt more ignorant than when a student nurse. The body of knowledge was huge and I knew nothing.
I know exactly how you feel, Linda. I have so much to learn! 🙂
So many days I chanted, “I can’t go back. I can’t go back!” As I headed home. I always went back.
Thank goodness you did Linda!!! You must have helped and looked after so many people. 🙂
A great poem – I like the rhyme and the voices you have chosen here. Thanks for sharing!
This is my Day 12 offering in case you have time to look?
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and the lovely comment. 🙂
It is well deserved Judy! 🙂
This is me!
Judy E Martin
Hello, and thanks for stopping by. I am Judy, in my (very) early fifties and decided that life definitely gets more interesting as it goes on! I am a wife and a mum and have just finished University as a Registered Nurse, after having worked as an Associate Practitioner in the NHS. I am also a poet and the author of my debut book, 'Rhymes of the Times.' I love to laugh, and I love rhyming words too, so I joined the two together, and my book was born. I am currently working on another book in the series also. I am a prolific blogger and enjoy writing funny stories, anecdotes, and anything really that takes my fancy.
View Full Profile →
Top Posts & Pages
Blogs I Follow
Thanks for visiting
Lates Blog Posts
Having fun blogging with friends
Lifestyle blog featuring the fabulous North East and beyond
Sharing my thoughts, poems, travel & art
Apps for any screen
Just your average PhD student using the internet to enhance their CV
Life in words
Exploring writing and the creative randomness of life. Snapshots of moments.
...with a twist.
by Sam Allen
The jumbled musings of Tallis Steelyard
Diary of a Dublin Housewife
Intuitive Watercolor Paintings- FINE ART - Illustration
Rants, humor, sarcasm, and a haiku-like substance? It's hard to know what's going to come out of our minds next.
Promoting a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit
Photography, Birds and Travel
An onion has many layers. So have I!
Rants, Ramblings, and Regrets
A family from Michigan living abroad in Germany.