Square Circle – NaPoWriMo 22

Let’s get it straight, the world is round, round as a ball bounced by a red-headed boy in a grubby sweater, and love is eternal and round as a ring, and a round peg might fit in a square hole if you shape it and shave it and carve it enough, and have you got quite enough on your plate? Let’s get it straight, a penny is round, and you flip it up high and it lands on its side and goes rolling off down the street, and all you can do is watch it roll or go running along with the sun on your back to try all you can to fetch it back, or to pick it up with a bit of luck and a round peg will always fit in a square hole if you mold it and shape it and press it and squeeze it, and a frisbee is round, and you fling it and watch as it curves in the sunlight, and all you can do is leap in the air like a curving salmon and reach out your hand with those fine hairs catching the light as you catch the frisbee and land and stand to throw it again in a single movement, and let’s get it straight, the disc is round, and back in the day when we wanted to play we opened the square of the album cover and took out the vinyl and watched it spin round and let’s get it straight a circle is perfect with nowhere to hide you’re out there in the open, and let’s get it straight your iris is round like the world, flecked with blue and with green like a planet that hangs in the great void of space and circles the sun which is round as a ball that is bounced by a girl in t-shirt and shorts and let’s face it a circle can’t have any angles, so let’s get it right.


This is the 22nd day of NaPoWriMo and we are asked to take a leap from an impossible starting point. I’ve chosen a circle with corners. This was supposed to be a perfect square, but I can’t get WordPress to format it quite as nicely as I’d hoped. Here is the original prompt from NaPoWriMo:

And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, I’d like you to take one of the following statements of something impossible, and then write a poem in which the impossible thing happens:

The sun can’t rise in the west.

A circle can’t have corners.

Pigs can’t fly.

The clock can’t strike thirteen.

The stars cannot rearrange themselves in the sky.

A mouse can’t eat an elephant.

Happy writing!

3 thoughts on “Square Circle – NaPoWriMo 22

  1. I applaud your prose ability! This is so, so clever- love how it circles back around on itself. The dichotomy of the truths in your words and the bookends of the children that give it all a feel of play. (I wrote my version of this prompt a short time ago and we have chosen the same line!) Have a great week!


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