NaPoWriMo – Day Eighteen

my quietness
has a man
in it

he’s the strong,

Gary Cooper
i do

he is transparent
light passes
through him

and no sound
from him

don’t see
through him

though transparent
he is

his quietness
disturbs them
they rush

to fill
his quietness
with noise

they cannot reconcile
his quietness
with his transparency

or his transparency
with his

his quietness is
my quietness

/ / /

This poem was written to the day four prompt at Poets & Writers, using a line: “my quietness has a man in it, he is transparent,” by Frank O’Hara.

2 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo – Day Eighteen

  1. I loved this line and I love what you have done with it. Your structure is perfect for the content, quiet, complete thoughts.

    You’ll be amused: I opened my inbox this morning and there sit four posts from your blog — a couple were there, and I didn’t see yesterday’s come in — my immediate reaction was : ‘Richard! Stop writing so much.’ I had to speak sternly to myself about the concept of a poem a day.



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