Here’s a morning NaPoWriMo poem for you: a rubaiyat. It’s a series of ruba’i, a four-line stanza with the AABA rhyme scheme. The next stanzas’ rhyme schemes become BBCB, CCDC, etc., depending on how long you write it. When I saw the poetic form, I knew immediately what I wanted to write about. It’s based on a little stress I bottled up this week. Once again, it’s a draft that I’ll work on at a later time.
Rubaiyat: At this moment in time…
I declare my twenties to be my wandering years
because I’m neither lost nor found – one of my biggest fears.
Each day is filled with expectations and doubt.
Some days are foggy – the kind that never clears.
My path of self-discovery is a winding route.
At my unsuccessful points, some people bailed out.
The very people who would support me no matter what
turned into weather vanes – what’s that about?
it’s a blow to the gut.
i’m stuck in a rut,
but i got to make like a peacock
and work on my strut.
Time doesn’t stop for anyone – I’m on the clock.
meeting supportive people along the way to build my flock.
Life is filled with forks and dead ends,
but that doesn’t mean I can’t turn around from them – tick tock.
– Michelle D. Hooks
Copyright © Michelle D. Hooks 2014