Day One – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “Life Is More Than Just Staying Alive” by David Ellis

Hey there everyone.

I’m very happy to announce that I have decided to become a Cheer Pepper once again and am going to be doing thirty posts this month of November for National Blog Posting Month (or as we call it over in Cheer Peppers town – NanoPoblano!)

My aim is to record a Facebook Live video every day this month (I finally figured out how to use it on my desktop, as my mobile phone is lame and simply functions as a phone and not a smartphone).

Feel free to call me a Luddite but not having any games or functionality on a phone is very conducive to writing 😉 (especially since I have enough shiny distractions on a daily basis as it is).

So without further ado, here is a live reading of my poem for you all to click on!


I crafted this poem using the Day One prompt from and poet Kay Ryan as inspiration, hence the choppy, tightly wound rhymes in the lines.

You can find examples of her work here:-

Kay Ryan – Poetry Foundation – Poems By This Poet

And here is my poem in written form for those who are scared of my face and would prefer just to read words instead.



“Life Is More Than Just Staying Alive” by David Ellis

Time can only
hold you back.
How quickly we forget
with every
shadow that passes
light, it lingers
It still remains.
Infinity without end.

And yet life is
short enough
if we don’t fill it
with possibility and unity.
The sky may change
from day to day.
Contrary to attitudes,
consciousness of identity.
The middle ground.

We can all be
animals in the wild.
Sweetening emotions,
facing our primal fears
But we must remember
where we come from.

To stay humane
is our sense of purpose.
What makes us human.
A rose between two thorns.

Indulgence is undignified
Give people hope
Mortality is a necessity
To make our mark in history
For an honest,
compassionate heart
cannot be faulted.

The beginning is
always difficult
But the end
is always worth the effort.
Laughter, smiles,
happiness in others
Are life’s simple treasures.

Even if we must
climb through thorns
on either side.
Supporting those
we love in
their times of need.
The only thing
that pays the price
is the past.
Make the future bright.
Lift up everyone you find.
Life is more than just staying alive.


Still want more? How about links to all of the other Cheer Peppers who are posting on the 1st day of this month? Sounds good to me! I will also be adding links to all other posts that I can find on National Blog Posting Month too. If you have written a post that corresponds to the day I’m posting for (in this case Day One) and I’ve not included it in the links below then please let me know in the comments section.

In the meantime, I look forward to reading and commenting on all of your wonderful posts 🙂

Come To Think Of It – Consolation’s Many Forms – The Everything in the Everyday

Vanara-puri tales 01: Nila learns a lesson – L.E.R.T

A moment #MommyInMe #poetry – NamySaysSo – Perspectives, Inspirations & LifeHacks For Women

HOW TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION AND FEAR. CHANGE YOUR LIFE TODAY! – Shining Seeds – writing myself into wellness

close encounter of the first kind – memoirs of an unremarkable man


So Many Questions – loristory

The First Cup – Bill Friday – fictionary… 8 megapixel artist… bloody awful poet.

Nano Poblano 2017 – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry – Poetry from nothing. Inspired by Anything.

Nano Poblano Intentions – TYPOZAPPERS

Nano Poblano 2017- Haiku Day 1… – The Illusion Of Controlled Chaos

Day 1 – tUrtlettE – A goal unwritten is merely a wish.

A Lot Can Happen In 30 Days – The Muse’s Words – My journey back into the writing world with my Muse tagging along.

A Purple And Green Promise – Punk Rock Papa – Adventures in Fatherhood

NaNoPoblano 2017 – Day 1 (November 1) – Zombie Flamingos – A journey into bloggerdom

Late Night Poetry #13: Tethered – Cats and Chocolate

not mine to keep – RARASAUR – frightfully wondrous things happen here

Holistically Speaking: Everything is Connected – Mother of Serendipity – Be Fierce – Be Kind – Be Positive

Celebrate Blogging! – Infinity Coaching

November 1st. – Bug Bytes By Julie Burton

Actually, it was Halloween – Behind The Willows

The Giant Squirrel Knows… – Aberrant Crochet (TM)

A lucky mistake? – Stop procrastinating now!


9 thoughts on “Day One – NanoPoblano – Poem/Poetry – “Life Is More Than Just Staying Alive” by David Ellis

  1. You’ve given us a lot to ponder with this poem. A meaningful life can be achieved if we just let love and light show us the way. Nice to put your face with your name.

    • TY for taking the time to read my poem Lori, I really appreciate it. I always try to put inspiring things in my poems but also let people have some leeway for interpretations if possible. Glad it moved you, that is my favourite part of the writing process when the piece is a hit with others 🙂

    • TY very much Di, glad you enjoyed it. I’m having more fun reading these poems live than I thought I would. It just goes to show what you can achieve when you put your mind to it and pull out all the stops 🙂

  2. Thanks for making me aware of NaBloPoMo David! After OctPoWriMo I firmly believed I wasn’t up for another writing challenge in a while. But I’ve realised I can write non-fiction this month, to support myself in a project I’m dreading. Writing will make it more fun, will bring me clarity, and it has already brought me helpful support and cheering on. I’ll post a shout out to you on my next blog post! I’m catching up and have shared my third now.

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