GloPoWriMo 2021: Day 15

April 15, 2021 Donna M Day No comments exist

Today is the fifteenth day of GloPoWriMo and the halfway point of doing a poem a day.

Last night I went to Gresham College’s lecture on Fiction and the Supernatural which was really interesting, focusing a lot on how the Gothic has developed over time and how it is used by modern novelists.

This evening I watched Adam Z Robinson’s live transmission of his ghost story, The Bonehouse, which was terrifying and so good, and did not use the technique of explaining away the supernatural into the mundane at all. I think I actually prefer that, having it all remain unsolved instead of the magic fading away in the light of day, when Catherine Morland opens her eyes in the actually rather mundane Northanger Abbey.

Poetry wise, today’s prompt was to write a poem about a small habit I picked up from one of my parents, exploring an early memory of my parent engaged in that habit, before shifting into writing about myself engaging in the same habit.

I’ve used this as an opportunity to look at something which runs through multiple generations of my family. Full disclosure, my Nanna is my Mum’s Mum, but I do quite like that she had this in common with my Dad. I hope you enjoy it.


Nanna always ate cake
with a teaspoon,
and she always ate it in layers,
scraping the cream out of the middle
then eating the remaining sponge.

Dad always eats cake
with a teaspoon,
and he hates the mandarin segments
my Mum uses to decorate the top
of the cheesecake she makes every Christmas.

I always eat cake
with a teaspoon,
and sometimes I eat it in layers
but I never eat the mandarin cheesecake
my Mum always makes at Christmas.




You can read all of my 2021 GloPoWriMo poems here.

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