Day 21 Napowrimo Challenge

The Prompt:

Write a poem that incorporates overheard speech. It could be something you’ve heard on the radio, or a phrase you remember from your childhood, even something you overheard a coworker say in the break room! Use the overheard speech as a springboard from which to launch your poem. Your poem could comment directly on the overheard phrase or simply use it as illustration or tone-setting material.

My Response:

I merged the suggestion of “something remembered from childhood ” and “coworker” and recollected a kindness by a coworker when I first started working. He gave me advice I will never forget and will always live by.


“The man who made no mistakes, made nothing at all”

Told to me by a wise man                            

who held me under his wing,       

when I made my first mistake      

and the world came to an end.   

He held my hand, guided me, 

through the stormy seas that came.                        

Stayed until the sun came out                    

and chased away the rain.   

I carry his sage advice                   

“Keep trying no matter what.

Your efforts hold your value,

not other people’s thoughts.”



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