NaPoWriMo, Day 1 (Day 2 for Everyone Else)

Happy National Poetry Month! This April, I’m getting a bit of a late start with NaPoWriMo (though not as late a start as I did last year). I hope to write and post a new poem here every few days. In between, I plan to enjoy and comment on the poems posted by writer-friends who are also participating in this poem-a-day challenge.

My first poem is inspired by yesterday’s prompt from NaPoWriMo founder Maureen Thorson, to “write a poem that has the same first line as another poem,” and by David J. Bauman’s (a.k.a. The Dad Poet’s) lovely reading of Frank O’Hara’s poem “For Grace, After a Party.”  (Instead of following the instructions, however, I borrowed O’Hara’s title, not his first line.) Here we go:


For Grace, after a party is the best time
for getting back into dancing.

For Grace, after a party is never as sweet
as that span of time just as the second drink
is kicking in and everyone is beginning
to feel hopeful.

For Grace, after a party means she can stop
apologizing about her hair.

For Grace, after a party is a time to uncorral her feelings
and watch them buck and snort across the pasture.

For Grace, after a party is an interlude
for considering which loved one to forgive.

For Grace, after a party is the perfect time
to practice scrambling eggs and holding
the weather, warm and calm, in her spoon.

19 comments on “NaPoWriMo, Day 1 (Day 2 for Everyone Else)

  1. I like this a lot! Grace is an intriguing persona. I especially like the parts about no longer apologizing for her hair, and deciding which loved one to forgive. The last stanza is a very strong, vivid ending.

    • Thank you so much, Marilyn! I think your poem borrowing e.e. cummings’ line “anyone lived in a pretty how town” and using the “anyone” character in such an interesting way must have inspired me.

  2. Oh, Jennifer, you rock. I really enjoyed reading this. And I’m so tickled to have had some small part in its inspiration. Thank you for the kind props for my reading of O’Hara’s piece!

    • You’re so kind, David. Thank *you* for the fine inspiration! (And, as you can see, I borrowed the scrambled eggs and warm weather, too, from Mr. O’Hara.)

      • I love scrambled eggs, and it’s about time we had some warm weather here. I’ve been out buying some pretty pots to put new plants in for my courtyard. Perhaps a video will feature it this spring again. 🙂 Maybe I’ll even scramble some eggs out there.

      • You Pennsylvanians certainly deserve some warm weather by now! I’d love to see those new plants in a video.

      • My dirty little courtyard got a little air-play last April with the poem about my mother and Edna Saint Vincent Millay’s “Portrait of a Neighbor.” But I was never able to actually finish the work on it last year. I have plans for getting stones and I’m already getting some lovely pots. Next to plan the painting of the porch and balcony!

  3. […] job in finding a new direction for E. E. Cummings, “Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town.” Jennifer Bullis, who like me is apt to dis-remember the rules, borrowed the title of my reading from yesterday of […]

  4. Doug says:

    after the after party Grace does what?


  5. After the party is where she gets to really relax and enjoy. This is well written.

  6. Jennifer – funny- I found my way here thru Davids blog and then there you were leaving a kind comment for my froggy poem today. Loved this piece – the final stanza is just perfection! K

  7. Glad you’re doing 30/30 this year, Jennifer! I’m doing it too! I’ve also taken on the task of creating a writing prompt every day for 30 days! Let me know if you use one! 🙂

    My 30/30 poems are here:
    You have to register to see them, but I think it’s worth the three minutes! 😉


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