Saturday, October 21, 2017

Day 21 – Nothing Remains the Same

Some changes we plan and await with eagerness. Others are unexpected, unknown, and unfold as the days and months progress. Whatever comes, we either get to delight in it, or we may have to tolerate and deal with it. But we always learn and grow. And one change may lead to several others.

There’s power in choice. When we get to choose life’s changes and turns, we feel as if we have a measure of control. But sometimes changes that come along are because of someone else’s decisions and choices.  In retrospect, changes that at first seemed intolerable are often described as “the best thing that ever happened to me.” There’s life in change.

From a perspective different than personal change, other types of change affect us: environmental, political, social, global. Some we can influence, and others we cannot. 

Sometimes we yearn for the comfort of sameness. We return to our hometown, our school, or a special spot from our past.

For today’s poem, try an abecedarian, a twenty-six line poem, each line beginning with a successive letter of the alphabet, A-Z. It’s sometimes called simply an alphabet poem.

Word Bank Prompt:
Comfort zone

Quote Prompt:

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."
                                             --Alan Cohen

Visual Prompt:

(Note: If you use this or any other image with your poem, please give credit to the photographer and source of the image. It is a violation of copyright law to use an image that's not yours without crediting the source.)

Mykonos Man - Photo by Judy McDole (c)
Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you. 


  1. An abecedarian from me :) Happy Weekend!

  2. The abecedarian did not work for me... so I did a free verse.

    1. And your free verse worked beautifully. Thank you. xoA

  3. I'm working on the abecederian. But first this needed out.

  4. Hello there! My attempt:


  6. I did it! After the difficult beginning of the day, I managed to finish the abecederian.
    Here goes

  7. Difficult! but done!

  8. Day 21: My poem today ended up matching the Day 19 prompt - Bad Date

  9. Inspired by the prompt, though I was surprised where the prompt took me:

  10. Posting for Sudha Reddy.

    Nothing remains the same. ( abecedarian)

    Ancient form of writing ,
    But it is fun, even to date
    Change, is the topic of the day
    Don’t have to struggle to cross the comfort zone
    Easy to be uneasy with the change, it is nostalgia
    For, our brain, strikes into a panic mode, when it senses the unknown
    Good for those who can handle it well, and are in balance
    Help comes in various shades, shaking the stagnation and status quo
    In fact when we are open to adapt,
    Just in time, for the transformation
    Keep the possibilities as options
    Leave the worry, let it be alone
    Mostly the worry is unnecessary
    Need to keep at it, to work with it
    Outstanding results are a possibility
    Push a little harder, a little at a time
    Quiet time at the task is a charm
    Rest some, after the fact
    Still, it is a work in progress
    Toil till you master the change
    Useful efficiency seen in the results
    Very happy for the positive version
    Work becomes a wonderful avocation
    Xerox copy the outcome and adapt it again
    You will be happier, that the change has happened
    Zoom through, promoting the very change that is positive.������sr

    Change, is changing for ever
    Nothing remains the same, ever
    Time and change , hand in hand
    Universe is on the move, forever
    World is on the go, forever too
    Time, universe, hand in hand
    Changing and moving forever ������sr

  11. A little late today...

  12. Very busy day and have been having monitor problems all week. Got a late start but got it done. Day 21's offering:

  13. Twenty-first Day of #OctPoWriMo 2017. Today's theme: Nothing Remains the Same
    "Requiem for Justice"


  15. Gotter dun

  16. Day 21, 7.5 hours late. You can tell that our protagonist is tired.

    'Stop Motion Apocalypse' …


    I like this one? I’m behind but this turned out well!

  18. Day-21

  19. My Day 21 - I still want to do an A-Z poem though.....


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