OctPoWriMo Day 6: Perfection kills possibility

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Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Six!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I intend to follow all the prompts, and get the joy of discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s suggested poetry form is Naani, and the word prompt list is:

  • perfect

  • perfection

  • perfectionism

  • imperfection

  • imperfect

This is another poem that came to me more or less whole. I believe it’s exactly 25 syllables, revised, which puts it at the upper limit for its form – although, if it had gone over, that would have been a poetic bit of imperfection, too!

Writing very short poems might seem simple – but, like in flash fiction, fewer words to play with means that each must do its job and earn its place…a very different challenge than writing an epic poem would be, and definitely a mental exercise for someone as verbose as I am!

Perfection kills possibility

Perfection kills possibility

disallows the lovely chaos

of perfectly

imperfect life

Need Mo OctPoWriMo?


Imperfectly perfect selfie – the eyes have it! Photo credit; Annalise S. Burton


    • Thank you so much, Anna. I’m nt at all convinced chaos is a bad thing. Lots of things get stirred up for me when life is less than smooth….it’s where growth tends to be, for me!

    • I have some lingering perfectionist tendencies of my own. I’m learning how to get around them – one of the reasons I love challenges like this. I already know I don’t have enough time each day to make the poem perfect, and that’s liberating, somehow…

      I’ll pop by and visit when I can!

    • I’ve known the pain of perfectionism myself – I’ve gradually learned and two perfectly imperfect children.

      I love your poem. We had similar themes for the day. It’s always fascinating to me how different people respond to the same prompt.

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