As life returns to normal, post-COVID infection, I thought it might be an idea to write some longer form poems for the next 30 days, to get me back into the business of routine. Fortunately, Twitter has provided an event for that: #NaPoWriMo, which is part of #NationalPoetryMonth.

Poem #4 is another concrete poem, and a reminder that it is useful to play not just with the words sometimes, but how they look and feel when placed on a page. It’s like building Lego models and not following the instructions. I enjoy making poems into things that aren’t traditional poetry and seeing what the reaction is.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and please comment if you like this 😀

The Loneliness of Ramesses II

if you’ve never dug their whole
and think sum sets in enough
angst worn by the Pharaohs
confidence an afterthought
sand’s the same as dust
cast yourself as belief
the darkness is a lie

you never have
to try, so why
this so hard

to be




will be

so hard, this
is why, you try
but have you ever

darkness remains lie
yourself, cast as belief
the same dust as in sands
afterthought in confidence
the Pharaoh worn by angst
who believed he was enough
to travel up, exceeding heaven

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