The Changing Seasons: April 2019

It is finished.

I posted my final poem for the month of April for Singapore Poetry Writing Month. It has been a crazy rollercoaster ride, and I’ve missed you all! I have been tempted to peek in every now and again but have tried very hard to stay focused on writing that one poem every day. My goal was to use a poetic form for every poem attempted; I am happy to report I managed to do just that. I wasn’t able to fulfil all 30 prompts, but on days I was too befuddled, I settled for a NoPrompt poem. 30 days 30 poems.

Here is my final piece using a Nucleus poem which mimics the structure of an atom. This exciting form was created in 2015 by Singapore-based Bangladeshi poet Syedur Rahman Liton.


after  “To Stella by Starlight”, on the soundtrack from The Uninvited (1944) by Victor Young (instrumental); lyrics by Ned Washington (1961)

Through the month, I watched my Dad labour with recuperation from his week in ICU. I am amazed at & inspired by his determination to regain muscle mass, function and his appetite.  His zest for life and strong desire to continue travelling & eating are spurring him on! Go Dad!

This post is my contribution to The Changing Seasons hosted by the dynamic Su at zimmerbitch.

Leaving you with a rendition of the song lyrics which inspired “unbidden”. Looking forward to seeing more of you all in the month ahead!

Feature Photo: taken on 28 Apr 2019 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

18 Replies to “The Changing Seasons: April 2019”

  1. Ju-Lyn, a beautiful and powerful poem. I’m taken with this new-ish format … the ‘starlight’ in the centre around which the poem rotates. All the best to your father – tough times for you both and feels as if you’re both drawing strength and inspiration from each other.

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  2. I’m so glad to hear that your father is recovering well; wishing him all the best. Lovely poem, and song. Ella Fiztgerald’s voice always moves me. Wishing you a happy, healthy, creative month ahead.

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  3. So excited to see this post from you!! I am so impressed by your commitment to the poem prompts! Such a huge and inspiring feat.

    I am soo glad to hear your Dad is doing well!

    Thanks for sharing, Ju Lyn!


  4. Wow! 30 poems in 30 days! That’s awesome, Ju-Lyn! 😄 And I’m so glad your dad is getting better with each day and enjoying life!
    Wishing you a fabulous and creative May!


    1. Thank you for the well-wishes for Dad. He is mostly recovered and very much looking forward to travelling again in a few weeks. He is enjoying his Eating Adventures again, so we are all relieved and pleased (took him a while to regain his appetite & pleasure from eating).

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  5. Congrats on the 30 poems! I bet words are still filling your mind! How
    Exciting to do so many different poems in 30 days! I would love to try that sometime –
    And the atom poem was new to me – very clever and I will listen to the song later – have a great day My friend


    1. Thank you thank you Yvette! Really appreciate your encouragement & support. I have been taking time to clear my mind – wrote my first poem in a while yesterday and I think I am recovered! Now, the daunting task of tidying everything up and logging it all in my handy-dandy spreadsheet!


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