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Day 5 | April Poetry Month Challenge | Journey Downwards

WFSC Creative Writing Facilitators, Mike Deregowski and Kelsey Hoople, challenge you to participate in national poetry month. 1 poem per day for 30 days with no working ahead. 😉

Overall theme 'When Life Changes'.

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Day 5 | April 5th | Journey Downwards

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Linda Pedley
Linda Pedley
Apr 30, 2021

April 5th – Journey Downward

From the top, looking back, looking down, feeling sad

What have I left behind, left forgotten, feeling bad

From the bottom looking up, reaching up, feeling poor

Yearning for what’s up ahead, always desiring more

This feeling like you’re at the top is but a moment’s stop

Take a breath and appreciate everything you’ve got.

My climb in front, another peak, another test for me

I close my eyes, feel success – so much more to see

From my place looking up, always up, always forward

Life is a series of climbs, but never a journey downward.

© Linda J. Pedley April 2021


Lana O'Neill
Lana O'Neill
Apr 07, 2021


We walked around Broadmoor Lake that Christmas Eve after dinner

The empty playground sat unused, frozen by negative double digit Celsius

My youngest, 22, got a glint in her eyes…not like Santa’s

Did you know, ‘I am Mama bear’ means ‘Okay I’ll go with you down the slide’?

Why is this slide so high? So steep? Safe for adults. Surely not children

Climbing tiny stairs in boots and a parka should be an Olympic sport

This bear lumbered. She called down, ‘hurry up’. Up defies gravity. This I know

Did I hear a giggle? Damn earmuffs

Two views await at the top- A dark winter sky blankets frosted rooftops

A convoluted plastic tube around the slide…


Kelsey Hoople
Kelsey Hoople
Apr 06, 2021


Journey Downwards

Darkness surrounds me

The motions make me dizzy

Up, down, right, left, up, down, back, forth, upside down

The edge must be near

Heart pounding,

Stomach churning,

Vessel tilting,

Tumbling, bouncing, dropping.

Is this the end?

Will I make it through the other side?

Answers uncertain

I continue to fall.

Sudden stop

Head smashes a plank

Eyes stare upwards – or downwards

Cannot tell

From heavy thrashing

To light bobbing

Bright sun splits the darkness

I survived the falls

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