April is National Poetry Month. Writer’s Digest has a Poem A Day challenge, which I’m going to participate in. A few of those poems will end up here. Check out the link if you want to try the challenge, too.

poetry month trail

The challenge for the 3rd is to write a message poem.

Digitally Altered

I wanted to tell you how much I care

so I started with

I miss you so much sometimes

But I didn’t want to fill you with guilt and so

no matter how I wish to contract the space

between you

and me

I deleted those words of need

and began again

I hope you’re doing well over there

fell flat

because my tangle of hopes can’t be

conveyed when I don’t even know

what I want to say

So I wrote instead

I love you

because it is true

but it looked so lonely, laid bare

on the white screen that

I added a little sideways smiley face

and hoped you could read

between the lines



About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

2 responses »

  1. MidnightPageTurners says:

    I love this! I like the use of dashes as well, makes it so much clearer to imagine to persona’s emotions

    • caitlinstern says:

      If you check out the Writer’s Digest PAD contest, you’ll see that italics are somehow possible, but tricky. So I figured the dashes would set off the ‘message.’

      No messing with HTML formatting for me! 🙂

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