In last month’s post, I mentioned I was going to participate in this year’s National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). My goal was to write 30 poems in 30 days.
Well, I exceeded that goal: I wrote 41 poems in 23 days! This was quite a surprise, considering that last year, I only wrote about 16 poems during the month of April.
I was going to stop at 41, but then my friend Corrie Haldane suggested that I write one more, which would bring me up to 42. She also suggested doing a “meaning of life” poem. (For those who’ve never read Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books and don’t know the connection between the number 42 and “life, the universe, and everything,” watch the video below.)
I loved the idea, but what kind of “meaning of life” poem should I write? A sonnet? A haiku? An elevenie?
Then while I was spending too much time on Facebook, playing too many “I’ve seen 10 artists but one of them is a lie” games, I decided to have a little fun. I composed a found poem using text from various memes that showed up in my Facebook news feed over a few days.
So without further adieu, here is my poem about life, the universe, and everything. It’s not exactly a prize-winner, but it’s always fun to put something like this together.
a personal idyll,
a special place
free from the
surplus of evil
we have already.
A place where one day
the sadness will end
and you don’t wake up
fighting a battle
you know nothing about.
is just a thought away,
you bring a smile
to your face and say,
This is my life now.
Source: Various memes found on Facebook, April 25-28, 2017.