The Head Start Advantage

Day 4

Today’s challenge was a little too much for me, however, when they mentioned talking about justice in the challenge, I thought that was something I might be up for.

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It’s funny how you and I stem from the same ground,

how you and I were both made and bound.

In different places, in different moments, yet still in the same generation.

You and I grew from nothing into something.

We fought for what we have, we worked hard to be where we are at.

But you fought just a little less harder, you had to go just through a little fewer disasters.

Because even though you and I were born on the same day and age, we don’t have the same race.

Or we don’t express ourselves the same face to face.

We both work hard to get ahead, but I never had a parent who took the first step.

No one knows who I am; no one knows who my parents are and were, no one cares if we get heard.

Sure we both work hard, sure we both fight for what we want,

Yet the truth is we both know from the beginning you had a head start.

But unlike you, I don’t need the help of my forefathers to be set apart.

-M.A. Fernández

Copyright © 2018 Marlin Alicea Fernández, Soul to Ink. All Rights Reserved

 

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Countless Headings One Story

Day 3

Today, we challenge you to try this out yourself by writing a list poem in which all the items are made-up names. If band names don’t inspire, how about a list of titles for romantic novels? Or new television cop dramas?

I thought today’s challenge was going to be quite difficult, but I actually found it very entertaining and pretty easy. Not sure if this counts as a poem but it sure is a list. Of course, as a hopeless romantic I chose to feature titles of romantic novels. Some novels by Jane Austen, Colleen Hoover, and Renée Carlino, as well as Micalea Smeltzer and one novel by Jasinda Wilder which is in my ever growing to be read pile.

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I was his Pride and Prejudice. Meanwhile, he thought he was Finding Cinderella. Never Never was this true. For it was Too Late, to long he had been Losing Hope. But I kept Falling Under Before We Were Strangers. Maybe Someday, we too could have our November 9 and our Rae of Sunshine. Hopefully, we would never reach our Point of Retreat and would be Slammed by more than just a Sweet Thing. I would Swear On This Life a million times that this was more than just Sense and Sensibility, and our true undying love would never be; Without Merit.

-M.A. Fernández

Copyright © 2018 Marlin Alicea Fernández, Soul to Ink. All Rights Reserved

Dear Silent Observer

Day 2

We’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view. Or you might try a poem in the form of a dialogue.

I don’t think I have ever done a dialogue or voice poem, at least not consciously, so bear with me.

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I’ve tried to tell you I need freedom and I need love.

I’ve tried to tell you I need something more from above.

Have I not begged and pleaded for something,

for anything; maybe small or a little kind,

something I can finally call mine.

Again and again, I have asked patiently but I’ve also asked stubbornly.

Because patience dwindles; but heartaches, those never cease.

Even if the carriers are calling out for peace.

I don’t know if you’re there or if you even care,

Maybe in your eyes, this all seems fair.

But I am calling out for mercy,

One I might not even deserve,

But no soul alone can sustain so much hurt.

If you are there here my plea,

I implore, set my soul free.

 

-M.A. Fernández

Copyright © 2018 Marlin Alicea Fernández, Soul to Ink. All Rights Reserved

Paranoia

NaPoWriMo has officially started for all you poets and aspiring poets this is the perfect time to try and create some new work.

If you’d like to know a little more about what NaPoWriMo is here is a link to the official page:  http://www.napowrimo.net/

And now for today’s writing prompt.

Day 1

We challenge you to write a poem that is based on a secret shame or a secret pleasure. 

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I can’t control the thoughts inside my head

and my paranoia is making me toss and turn in my bed.

I have awful dreams of how I lose you time and time again to someone new.

Just the thought of losing you constantly leaves me blue.

The more I try to keep the thoughts at bay,

the fewer demons I seem to slay.

My fear has become my secret shame.

Fear of never hearing your sweet voice,

of being devoured by silent noise.

Fear of never seeing your perfect silhouette,

and living forevermore in a stormy upset.

In secret, my mind fabricates how our lives can become untwined,

and my constant terror; is losing what I once thought, would be forever.

 

-M.A. Fernández

Copyright © 2018 Marlin Alicea Fernández, Soul to Ink. All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

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