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Each day is its own microstep--
since I woke from my mother's womb,
I longed to mimic new words, trammel
the sound until it blossomed

like a newborn, and oh how I birthed
stories--told them how I wanted
the author's sacrosanct title
once I've grown. But growing meant

learning the practice of citizens
and their due contribution: beast-slaying
nature of please, thank you,
an apology: sincere

or not. Then there is time--the first
breath of nine, exhalation
of five, the suffocating mandate
of overtime. You grow used to it:

the cyclical disappearance of parents,
pervasive need of sleep, a home-
cooked meal's gradual transmogrification
to a microwave's impatient beeps,

the drive-thru's static, monotoned voice
by a man who has already learned
what I am learning: to cherish
the alarm's morning hymn over my mother's--

now I'm rarely late for work--can navigate
those can-lined aisles, the cold-grey
of the warehouse with deep strides
until I lose track of every step within

my eight hours--my mind always bursting
with plotlines and character arcs, ideas
too many: a spider caught in its own
gossamer web--at home, a stack of notebooks

and their yearning quietude, untouched
by a pencil's smearing prod; a desktop
littered with titled text files, but
a near empty white once double-clicked.

This must be my journey, I tell myself,
the giant stone that is my thousand miles
--after ten long years of work complete,
and only have I weathered off a chip,

have barely taken a single step.
Previous NaPoWriMo 2012: Day 2

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
--Lao Tzu

Saw this quote on a calender at work. SEE THE REFERENCE. So I took a half-hour break or so and wrote a basic draft of this. Posted here is a quickly (very, very quickly) edited version. I MUST SLEEP NOW.

Oh, yeah... and I totally wanted to write novels when I was younger, but ended up writing poetry when I got older.

WTF, mate?!
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This is really lovely. Congrats on the DD! (:
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fllnthblnk Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :cookie:
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Abraxas-within Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you've just bottled up the lives of millions with this poem, including mine. That's pretty much what life is for most people; a journey from childhood innocence and curiosity to the static, soulless adult world. Once we get in a rut, it's hard for us to step out and start our true journey. You're an awesome writer, time to go stalk your gallery. :)
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fllnthblnk Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ugh... I hate this static, soulless adult world. WHERE ARE MY VIDEO GAMES AND COOKIES EVERYDAY, DAMMIT.

Anywoo, thanks for reading! :cookie::cookie::cookie:
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SketchedExistence Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Nicely done! You've definitely captured slices of a lot of artists/writers lives in this one. A joy to read. Congrats on the DD!
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fllnthblnk Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks a bunch!
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SketchedExistence Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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b1gfan Jan 21, 2013  Student Writer
This is a wonderful my friend, the kind where many lines vie to be your favorite and once you've finished reading you immediately scroll to the top to read again. :heart:

Congratulations on a well-deserved DD William!
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fllnthblnk Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, man! :cookie:
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Oh to "trammel
the sound until it blossomed"
,
delicious words for a delicious idea!
A wonderful choice for today's DD for sure.
Congratulations :highfive:
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