Today is the twenty-fourth day of GloPoWriMo and today I bought a violin on a whim, as you do. It was an absolute bargain, partly because it has no bow with it, but I’m so excited to get one and start playing it.
Today’s prompt was to find a factual article about an animal and go through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking”. The result should be some very funny and even touching combinations, which can then be rearranged and edited into a poem.
I chose to write a poem inspired by the article The Search For Spoonies from the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Nature’s Home, the RSPB magazine. I found it interesting that the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper shares its nickname with a term used by the disabled community and used that as inspiration to write my poem. I hope you enjoy it.
Searching for Spoonies
Walking across rolling hills
the uneven surface
beneath my feet
takes my balance.
My limp increasing
I’m looking for a needle
in a haystack,
the 5cm site of today’s agony.
Developing ways to monitor and track pain,
is mostly frustrating,
to identify the problems faced by spoonies
and solve them.
How many spoonies there really are,
where they are,
and the questions we need to ask to learn more
sheds light in the darkness of rooms that
we now know many spoonies winter in
flat out in bed.
In spring and autumn
travelling spoonies rely on many key refuelling stops.
No one understands the scale of pain spoonies face,
not even fellow spoonies.
The latest science suggests a decline
as medicine develops
but in truth we need
to identify problems and redouble efforts
in the endless search
You can read all of my 2021 GloPoWriMo poems here.
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