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Thursday, April 20, 2017

NaPoWriMo Day #19

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that recounts a creation myth. It doesn’t have to be an existing creation myth, or even recount how all of creation came to be. It could be, for example, your own take on the creation of ball-point pens, or the discovery of knitting. Your myth can be as big or small as you would like, as serious or silly as you make it.
This year will be different, I say to myself
as I lace up the skates—they’re not tight enough;
flagging down a young man to help,
what a wonderful start! I hope I don’t smell.
He’s happy to help me tie my skates—
you don’t want them too loose or you’ll fall!
Gee, thanks. I hope he doesn’t think I am lame.

Okay, okay, I’m a bit hard on myself,
my feet are snug as a bug in a rug—
I’m gliding on the ice, this is actually fun.
I’m insured this year and I don’t have to worry:
MUCH! I’ll still be careful, but not as careful
as the uninsured person I was last year.
I glide and I glide, I even make it off the walls,
slowly, I move from one end to the next; no hands!
Time to go already? I’ll have to come back.

With my new skates, I take them to be sharpened,
someone teaches me how to lace the strings tightly;
these figure skates are much easier to maneuver
than those hockey skates I rented for $10 per session.
I slowly make it off of the wall where children lurk,
I take the plunge and go across the rink, no hands;
I don’t fall and while there is not much grace yet,
the thrill of being so fast, of gliding along the ice
with the full moon beating down on me,
I’m unstoppable! I even teach others how to skate.
For two months in, there is now an ease,
though I’m still learning, but I’m braver
and take more risks as I glide along the ice.

I can now tie my laces without a problem,
I can even get onto the ice without help
and glide after a fifteen minute warmup;
I know how to balance and now stop
before running into little kids
who are still learning to be graceful too.
I can work up a sweat as I skate for hours,
moving at bullet speed, I never want to stop.

Outdoor skating has been done for a month now,
I conquer an indoor rink as mine
as I continue to learn and glide, work up a sweat—
I can’t wait to try new tricks in Toronto!


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    It is exciting to read about the progress you have made as a skater. You took your share of spills early on, but you didn't give up. You kept practicing and now you are gliding across the ice and having more fun every time. I used to rent those hockey skates and probably didn't lace them properly. As a result, skating was a painful experience for me - real torture. I wobbled, fell often and wound up with blisters on my feet and ankles. Figure skates are the way to go and I'm glad you got a pair of your own. Let skating be a metaphor for everything you are attempting to accomplish in life. Don't give up. Keep working at it and you will find the going eventually gets easier.

    I wanted to let you know that Kathleen Mae Schneider has left a reply for you on SDMM if you'd care to read it. Have a nice Friday and a super weekend, dear friend JM!

  2. Good for you! I got to a point as a kid where I was reasonably comfortable with skating but every time I have tried as an adult has been miserable. It's definitely not like riding a bicycle!