For day 9, the prompt given by napowrimo.net is surprisingly one I had already taken up yesterday. The prompt calls for a sonnet about love.
Today, I talk in my poem about the kind of love everyone needs on certain days: platonic love. It is the kind of love that often does not get the appreciation that it truly deserves. Today, when I was sifting through boxes, trying to put things in order again after moving, I found some handwritten letters and a poem written to me by some of my friends. It brought me so much happiness and comfort to read these letters today because I was desperately trying to hold on to something from the moments of happiness in the past, especially now that I am faced with so much uncertainty.
When I sent the photo of a note that said ‘Cheesecakes before beefcakes’ to my friend who had given me the note on Galentine’s, years ago, she reminded me that the note still stood true, and I couldn’t help but feel a little emotional at how much had changed, but how much still remains the same.
So, here’s something to remind myself that the love that friends have for you lasts even through a billion changes, sometimes, if you’re very lucky. I guess I really lucked out in the friend department.
Here’s one for those friends.
Tell me, how does one find solace
When everything has changed, again?
My past is quickly fading away–
How shall I cherish my memories, then?
A letter, then two, then three
Reveal themselves to me:
A poem for me by a friend,
A letter for moments like this one,
A note saying friends are forever,
Bring me the solace I seek.
After all, what are letters, if not love?
For love is found everywhere it can be.
~© Shubhangi Srinivasan.
Day 9 was truly surprising because this was already a prompt I had taken up yesterday. But I have a newfound love for sonnets this year, just as I loved the Korean poetry form ‘Sijo’ last year. I love how every NaPoWriMo season brings in its favourites and leaves so much to explore. I can’t believe it’s been 9 days already!
Here’s to many, many more to come this year!
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I totally agree with you. Nice post!