“November”

For this one month—these thirty days—at least,
Let mental blocks and verbal levees break;
Let “words, words, words” pour forth, ideas freely move
From mind to page; let not one thought escape
Before it has been firmly written down.
Let mental muscles, aching, atrophied
From long disuse, come quickly back to strength.
Let habits change; let idle moments fill
With this productive use—or better ones.

But more, and most importantly: O Lord,
Let all my mind and hands and pen produce,
This hectic month, or in the time beyond,
Be to your glory, for your kingdom’s cause.

At the time that I wrote this poem and scheduled this post, I hadn’t decided to try my hand at National Novel Writing Month this year. It’ll largely depend on how much I write by the end of the first weekend, I suppose. But even if I don’t decide to scramble to try to meet the goal of fifty thousand words by the end of the month, I do want to make the month—the last before the end of the liturgical year—productive, especially in terms of my Shine Cycle and my poetry: thus this verse prayer.

As always, I earnestly welcome your (further) comments, suggestions, questions, critique, or other feedback about this or any other part of my work. If you liked this, you can follow this blog, which includes one of my poems every Friday, or read other poems I’ve written here on my blog (perhaps starting with those linked from one of the “archive ” installments, since the full archive is by now, at over two hundred poems, somewhat daunting). You may also share this poem with others, subject to my sharing policy.

This poem is also mirrored on my wiki.

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