Periodic Practice

“The end of these April renditions;
I wrap up here second edition
Of month STEM-poetic,
Routine theoretic:
Two years now of rhyming tradition.”  

The 30 April 2020 limerick commemorated the end of my second attempt at National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo).  

“The end of these April renditions…”
National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), encourages writers to spend a month-long stretch devoted to a daily routine of writing.  For me, personally, a poem per day is significantly more feasible than a novel in a month!  April 30 has marked a milestone in the past few years, as I’ve managed thirty poems in thirty days in both 2019 and 2020.  

“I wrap up here second edition /
Of month STEM-poetic…”
In reality, the 2019 poems were more cohesive in their focus on chemistry concepts and stories (“STEM-poetic”) than were the 2020 poems. The 2020 project did acknowledge several scientific concepts and scientists, but on other days, I simply described the historic and unusual circumstances of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.  I’ve been finding the distinctions between work and life quite blurred, over the past several months, so perhaps this “second edition” can be thought of as acknowledging that.  

“Routine theoretic: /
Two years now of rhyming tradition.”  
I’ve written here previously that the overlap of writing practice and chemistry concepts (a “routine theoretic”) has been particularly helpful for me.  That has continued in this challenging year.  Having the structure of NaPoWriMo has been useful in generating poetic verse; expanding on those brief poems in short essays has likewise provided a welcome distraction during some busy weeks. 

As I write this entry, I’m through the majority of my third NaPoWriMo, and I am hopeful that I can finish the 2021 poems, as well, to revisit here later this year.