VerseLove Day 13 of 30

Stacey Joy is our host for VerseLove today at http://www.ethicalela.com, and inspires us to write Goghohka poems. She writes, “The Gogyohka is a form of verse developed…. in 1957. The idea behind the Gogyohka was to take the traditional form of Tanka poetry (which is written in five lines with 5-7-5-7-7 syllable counts) and liberate its structure, creating a freer form of verse. In the 1990s, Kusakabe began his efforts to spread Gogyohka as a new movement in poetry, and there are now around half a million people writing this form of verse in Japan.”

Today I write from a place of growing, which a year ago was a place of wondering. Could I be a writer who writes every single day? I celebrated a year of daily writing at the end of February 2022 and began another year. I stumbled across a book by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Gabriella Barouch, entitled maybe while in Asheville, North Carolina last week. I was mesmerized, and this book has become my Year 2 inspiration to get me over the hurdles that will inevitably come. It’s worth the read, it’s worth the purchase, it’s worth reading every morning as I get dressed and start the day.

maybe by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Gabriella Barouch


The Journey of a Year of Writing Begins with a Single Word

preparing to write

outlining themes for the year

selecting topics

calendarizing stories

scheduling daily blog posts

I used to wonder

how writers write every day

for an entire year

now the mystery is solved:

we plan ahead, write ahead

I celebrated

a year of daily writing

in February,

began Year Two with Journeys

and moved to April Poems

May will be Moments

June hasn’t been decided

it will flash through my

soul like lightning, revealing

itself as my monthly theme

I’ll collect ideas

I may write four posts one day

only one the next

I never stop editing

even after it’s posted

this is for you: yeah,

you: writer, friend, inspirer

there holding the gift

wondering what to do next –

add one more month to your goal!

At the end of two

months, you’ll be one-sixth of the

way through the whole year!

you’ll tell yourself: I CAN WRITE

every day. It’s who I am.

You’ll think, I should push

myself, pace myself, take the

ultra-marathon

writing challenge and write each

day – if only one sentence.

You’re almost one

half of the way through April!

you’ve firmly begun

chart your course, revise your goal!

imagine what you’ll achieve!

take up this gauntlet

that has landed at your feet

place it on your hand

see it as your writing glove

continue on this journey!

open that journal

break out those favorite pens

start that daily blog

take the short postcard approach:

begin with one sentence. Go!

Psalm 138:8 

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

2 Replies to “VerseLove Day 13 of 30”

  1. Wow! Just as I was recognizing in your account some of the strategies I used simply to get through the March challenge, you switched abruptly to second person. I felt as if you had grabbed me by the shirt front and started shaking me! OK! OK! I’m on it!

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration and strategies. Truly, I am impressed.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting this morning – that’s a funny image of a person passionate about shaking the words out of her writing buddies, shaking them by the shirt fronts. I’ll laugh at that all day long. My brother and dad would be in the corner chuckling and pointing at me, saying “yep, that’s Kim…..the shirt grabber….all hellfire and brimstone.” I know if I was using your strategies, I’ve been doing something right!

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