From NaPoWriMo host: Our (optional) prompt for the day…inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded…lists with titles like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things”… Challenge: write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you to decide!
In heart’s treasure chest
Many things, intangible…
Even if I showed you, said
In words, you mightn’t see
Be able to hold them:
Precious prism rainbows
Transient spring through fall
That paint from west windowsill
Ceiling, floor and wall…
Pictures framed by memories
Movies played on mind’s silver
Screen, few I’ve cherished, kept…
Rare laughter shared with others
Captured, freed, like butterflies…
Distant love, a hologram of
Moments in kaleidoscope…
Books I mean to write someday
If ‘somedays’ don’t run out…
Wishes which still linger, their
‘Come-true’ tinged with sepia doubt
Unlike my faith in God, unbreakable
Tall flame no gale wind can blow out…
Prayers awaiting answers, destiny’s
Mirror marked by fingerprints
Mine and those of others…
Tomorrows and dreams I don’t
Believe in, but that I’m told
Believe for me.
If today all home’s possessions were
Stolen, I would little weep…thieves won’t
Find the treasure chest heart keeps.
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