Sunday, October 7, 2018

Day 7 - Unsent Letters

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We all have hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unsent (and unwritten) letters inside us. Today’s prompt provides an opportunity to write at least one of those letters. Jeanann Verlee's poem "40 Love Letters" is one of my all-time favorites and fits so well with our theme.




Who are you writing to?

Answering this question is the hardest part of this poem.  Choose one that calls to you in this moment.

Begin with “Dear ________” and fill the blank with a description of the person.

Guy who never called after our date
Woman in front of me in the grocery line
First love/The One that Got Away
Childhood Pen Pal
‘Responsible Adult’

There are infinite possibilities. Be as creative and vague as you want/need to be.

Now that you know who you’re writing to, take some time to WRITE THE LETTER. Don’t worry about poetry yet. Just get the feelings out onto the page/screen. Then go back and read what you’ve written, looking for opportunities for a poem. Find the words that you used that have the most impact - the emotion words, the descriptors of time and place, etc.

End your poem with an appropriate valediction and a description of the writer of the letter.

Regretfully, Your Long Lost Love
Furiously, The Customer at the End of the Line

WORD PROMPTS:

Unsent
Unspoken
Letters
Mail



Remember that our prompts are only suggestions - go wherever the muse takes you.
In the meantime, read other participants' poems, share the #OctPoWriMo hashtag on social media, and add a link to your own poem in the comments below.





Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction/non-fiction writer, and visual artist. She is a volunteer at The Muse Writer’s Center in Norfolk, VA and a co-facilitator of the Poets on the Page blog and Facebook group. When she’s not writing or painting, she has been known to appear in local community theater musicals and occasionally shows up for karaoke nights. She is currently painting a series of portraits of her ancestors, both biological and adopted, and she is working on her outline for this year’s NaNoWriMo project. She is the mother of two teenage boys and lives with her husband in Virginia Beach.

51 comments:

  1. I wrote this poem during OctPoWriMo 2013. It seemed appropriate to repost today. https://seekingmeme.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/26-love-letters-2/

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  2. Keeping it short and sharp today: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/respectfully-not-yours/

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  3. https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/murten-for-certain/

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  4. here is my take
    https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/drafts-and-trash/

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  5. Surprisingly, mine is not all sunshine, rainbows, and unicorn farts.
    (Actually, anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of meeting me and my poetry previously is in danger of having a heart attack and dying from not surprise.)
    So, if you'd prefer not to read the gloomy stuff, skip this one.
    Unsent Letters

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    2. Love it! We have Hollywood pictures to paint bright pictures, us poet are allowed to paint whatever we feel like <3

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  6. Happy Sunday :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/day-7-unsent-letters/

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  7. http://castingsuspicion.blogspot.com/2018/10/dear-rob.html

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    1. I love the self-assuredness of your piece. Confidence when we do what is right for us is all that matters. Well done!

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  9. Day-7..Writing this made me sad.

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2018/10/waiting-for-reply.html

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  10. Not just unsent, but unreceived:

    http://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-7-unsent-letters.html

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  11. Here's my take.
    https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/letter-2/

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  12. http://missdragonlady.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-day-7-unsent-letters.html

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  13. Here is mine from Poetry for Healing

    https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/10/07/the-lady-of-the-lake/

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  14. Standing in church this morning, I was inspired. Dear Church

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  15. Here is my take on the prompt:

    https://wordswithannie.wordpress.com/2018/10/08/dear-heart/

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  16. This poem started off with yesterday's prompt "Conquer" but ended up somewhere else. Here is Inside Weather @ Namysaysso

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  17. Impotent

    Lazy Sunday. Whipped up something before I hit the sack :)

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    1. This is now one of my new favorites. Incredibly strong.

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    2. Aye yae yae, Kinda trips you up, doesn't it?

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  18. https://talesofafamily.blog/2018/10/07/dear-me/#more-14687

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  19. Wrote this one quickly. It was easy for me to come up with this. Great prompt, Amy! Make of it what you will

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    1. We love you for who you are Rod. We might have loved you if you were someone else, we'll never know. But I'm 100% certain we love the man, poet and human being that you are now.

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  20. Day 7: experiencewriting.com/2018/10/07/octpowrimo-day-7-letters-never-sent/

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  21. I decided not to amend my letter apart from splitting lines.

    https://scribblesfrommetoyou.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/to-the-girl-before-me-octpowrimo2018-7/

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  22. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving from Regina, Saskatchewan.http://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2018/10/dear-mark.html

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  23. Well, today I ended up going for something a bit more overt than the previous week. The end result was this. Warning, it's on the darker side of things.

    Title: "Love Letter to a Razor"
    https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/love-letter-to-a-razor-day-seven-unsent-letters/

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  24. My poem for Day 7.... this one wrecked me!


    Unbroken

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  25. Very busy day today. Got it done. Warning, emotionally volatile subject. http://tao-talk.com/2018/10/07/day-7-go-to-hell/

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  26. Letter to my Mom: https://arhtisticlicense.com/2018/10/07/octpowrimo-day-7-dear-mom/

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  27. This was hard and could use a lot more work.
    https://rhscribbles.wordpress.com/2018/10/07/day-7-unsent-letters-octpowrimo-2018/

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  28. Looks like I accidentally used the Day 8 prompt...before I knew what it was.
    Pseudo-vertigo

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  29. Here's my take on it -

    http://iscriblr.com/a-letter-to-an-old-me/

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  30. I pictured an elderly couple on a train, traveling at night.
    https://wordpress.com/post/odhranwrites.wordpress.com/1045

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  31. To the one called- Just a Friend.
    https://galaxychasher.blogspot.com/2018/10/day-7-unwritten-letters.html
    It was hard one to write.

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  32. I'm still behind, but getting there! My take on unsent letter...

    https://midwestfantasy.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/the-letter/

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  33. I haven't been able to keep up with this challenge, but am doing my best and loving the prompts! Two days too late, but here is my take on this one;
    https://andreawoldjohansen.com/2018/10/08/to-the-sixteen-year-old-who-wanted-to-change-the-world/ xx

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  34. Felt inspired by Richa's post about writing a poem to your future self, so I wrote a poem too! https://theresaly520.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/post-it-poem-to-future-self/

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  35. My Day 7 Offering https://thewabisabiwriter.blogspot.com/2018/10/sabi-sad.html

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  36. An Offering..

    You left....
    A trail of fragrance....

    Fragrance of love and caring
    of simplicity and sacrifice
    Fragrance of genuineness and generosity
    of calm and contentment

    Fragrance of warmth and kindness
    of tolerance and patience
    Fragrance of fun and humor
    of living and humility

    Fragrance of friendship and loyalty
    of duty and commitment
    Fragrance of strength and discipline
    of innovation and creation

    Fragrance of the ability to fight for the righteousness
    with the clarity of the mind
    Fragrance of courage in the heart
    for the compassionate words in action

    Fragrance that is felt in all senses at the same time, intense, inspiring and invigorating yet gentle and soothing...very much like you

    Your fragrance that will carry way beyond your life time..
    You have nurtured people and plants alike, the fruits and flowers
    As the scent has permeated through many lives to continue into eternity
    Your legacy of kindness and sacrifice
    You live for ever, rest in peace my little brother..love sr

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  37. Still playing catch up, so here's my poem for Day 7:
    http://lunaticpoet.com/octpowrimo-day7-unsent-letters/

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