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A POEM KNOCKS

By Noelle Sterne

PROMPT—Ask Me.

A poem knocks

Restless

But ignored

Buried under busyness


A poem knocks

Insistent

Despite the whir

Refusing dismissal


A poem knocks

Persistent

Infiltrating all bustling excuses

Claiming attention

A poem knocks

Born in distant chambers

Embryonic words swim

Wind through curving caves of mind

Break through countless surface lists

Demanding


The poem knocks

Momentum mounts

Gaining sound and strength

Relentless driving

Gaining life

In air and light


 

Noelle Sterne is an author, editor, writing coach, workshop leader, academic mentor, and life & spiritual counselor. She has published over 600 stories, essays, writing craft articles, spiritual pieces, and poems in literary and academic print and online venues. With a Ph.D. from Columbia University, for 30 years Noelle has assisted doctoral candidates in completing their dissertations (finally). Her published handbook to assist them is based on her professional academic practice: Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping with the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Psychological Struggles (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2015). In her spiritual self-help book, Trust Your Life: Forgive Yourself and Go After Your Dreams (Unity Books, 2011), Noelle draws examples from her academic consulting and other aspects of life to support readers in reaching their lifelong yearnings. Continuing with her own, she is draft-deep in her third novel, taking respites with the continued creation of poems. She writes from Aventura, FL.

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