NaPoWriMo : Why?

Jaibala/ April 26, 2014/ Poetry

The prompt for the NaPoWriMo today was, ” And now for our (optional) prompt. Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning of multiple clauses or, in the case of a poem, multiple lines. The phrase “A time to,” as used in the third Chapter of Ecclesiastes, is a good example of anaphora. But you don’t have to be the Old Testament (or a Byrds song) to use anaphora. Allen Ginsberg used it in Howl, for example. Thispost by Rebecca Hazelton on the Poetry Foundation’s blog gives other great examples of anaphora in action, from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech to Homer Simpson. So today, I challenge you to write a poem that uses anaphora. Find a phrase, and stick with it — learn how far it can go. Happy writing!” Having heard the word Anaphora for the first time, here is my attempt writing using it.


 Why did she believe,

The first lie he told?

Maybe she thought,

That is where it would stop.


Why did she not react,

At the abuses they hurled?

Maybe she felt adjustments,

Take time and patience.


Why did she not retaliate,

At the first slap?

Maybe she believed,

The stinging will heal.


Why did she not stop,

When he begged her to?

May she had out of chances run,

Had no more to be given.


Why did she not hear,

The pleading words of apologies?

Maybe she finally realised,

His only words are abuses and lies.


Why did she not leave,

Earlier when things were so wrong?

Maybe she felt weak and broken,

And her words were unheard when spoken.


Why did she do whatever,

Whenever and However?

Maybe she was wrong or right,

But you are no one to judge her fight.

Listed below are my fellow NaPoWriMo Participants – – Nirmal – Sfurti  – Janaki – Pooja – count –  Naina – Rohan – Karan – Rinzu – Vinay  – Nithya – Preeti



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