NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 20 – “The Confidence To Rebel Against Yourself” by David Ellis

Hey there everyone.

So, the Day 20 official NaPoWriMo HQ prompt is about being a rebel.

Well, if you think I’m going to follow that prompt Sonny Jim, you’ve got another thing coming…

Wait…does this mean I’m rebelling? Yes, it does indeed. I’m rebelling against doing the prompt, which in essence means that I’m doing the prompt by not doing it!

(Try holding that up in a court of law).

Hmmmm – can’t think of any other prompt to use…

Guess I will rebel against myself rebelling and do the prompt anyway.

Off we go then.



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“The Confidence To Rebel Against Yourself” by David Ellis

Discipline is tough for a guy who procrastinates for breakfast

My greatness weakness is that I will do the opposite of what you tell me to do

Because your reverse psychology tactics are just too damn irresistible


Conforming with a non-conformist confirms conspicuous contradictions

Stand up for what you believe in, unless you’re standing in a building with low ceilings

When you’re younger, you challenge authority figures just to try to look cool around fools

Yet the only fool you’re fooling is the fool who fools with other fools while outfooling themselves


Make a statement but not the kind of statement that involves blue uniforms, badges and donuts

Nobody puts me in a box, baby! The only thing going in a box around here is my cat because she loves boxes

I’m like Johnny Cash when I dress in black but man, it’s a million degrees outside, why did I do this and how could I be so stupid, why?


All those tiny acts of disobedience to my parents when they paid my rent, I guess I didn’t know what I was really against

They just seemed like giant nerds with glasses stopping me from enjoying myself

Exploring boundaries by staying up until 3am each night was extremely liberating but no wonder they hated me

Robbing them of their sleep in the best years of their life, no wonder they want grandchildren to get their own revenge


The next generation is always going to be at odds with the one before it

Thinking the previous one had it better than the last

With technology becoming so indentured into cultural norms

It’s going to be much harder to be mutinous towards a bunch of robots


So share ideas but don’t force opinions down people’s throats

Question the government if they are denying you of your rights

Search, doubt and wonder what this is really all about

Go a little nuts but stay focused

Whatever kind of firepower you’re packing in there

It’s not the size of your pants but how you wear them that counts


Still want more? Then how about some Day 20 entries from amazing fellow NaPoWriMo poets galore 🙂

1. ORDINARY AVERAGE THOUGHTS – National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 20 – Bookstore Poem #220—The build-it-yourself version
2. PEACOCK POETRY by Sam Allen – Viola’s Rebellion
3. Ladyleemanila – R is for Rispetto
4. grapeling – it could be that – baretoes / 18
6. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – Quelling Rebelling: NaPoWriMo 2018, Day 20
7. .: Arash’s Poetry :. – No Place
8. erbiage – Bell the Lion
9. Oaks to Acorns – Maple Syrple
10. Unassorted stories – From my skin
11. Jane Dougherty Writes – Not gentle
12. Scrambled, Not Fried – Alleged Press Conference
13. Colonialist’s Blog – The Magic Places
14. MY FEELINGS MY FREEDOM – NaPoWriMo Day 20: Obnoxious Men
16. method two madness – Congregation
17. LILLIAN THE HOME POET – Enigma, Mother Dear
18. RIVRVLOGR – Sirens of Time
19. LILLIAN THE HOME POET – Tracing Whitman’s Path
20. My Author-itis – Naturally Speaking
21. Zouxzoux – Things are Starting to Grow
22. Flutterby’s NaPoWriMo – 2018 DAY 20 – CAIN
23. JIM’S LITTLE PHOTO AND POEM PLACE – NaPoWriMo 2018-20 — Day 20, a Poem, Where I love to be
24. clayandbranches – NaPoWriMo, Day 20: Mieluța
25. barbaraturneywielandpoetess – The usual rules
27. Experience Writing – R is for Rutilant
28. KATIE STATEN – NaPoWriMo #20 – Queer
29. Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings – Say all the Words, NaPoWriMo, Day 20
30. WHAT LIFE SAID TO ME – NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 20 – Let Every Girl Be
31. Poetic Pixels – Sounds Like Tool
33. My Middle Name is Crazy – little rebel: letter to self
34. MEXI MOVIE THE THIRD – Day 20: Rebel rebel
35. Gloria D. Gonsalves – NA/GLOPOWRIMO DAY 20: DO NOT PREACH TO ME
36. The Great Unknown – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 20: Elephant In The Room
37. Woody & Johnny – Lullabye
38. ORIENTATION::QUILTER – Day Twenty, NaPoWriMo
39. Poetry by Hasen – Out Of The Box Of Society
40. Voyage des mots – Avoid Clichés
41. Rhyme and Reason – Poetry Meets Film Reviews – Darkest Hour (2017)
42. Summer Blues – A Poetry Blog – Sonnet
43. Frank J. Tassone – HAIKAI POETRY MATTERS – Rebel Treatment: a #FreestyleFriday #sonnet #haibun
44. kavyastream – An Ode to 420
45. Orangepeel – Poetry and Miscellany by Bruce Niedt – PAD Day 20: Rebel, Rebel – The Old Fart Flips the Bird
46. Purple Mountain Poetry – DAY 20: POETRY, PROSE, AND FERRY RIDES
47. inktuition – a poem for spring reflection
48. Brittany’s Blog of Random Things – Day 20 NaPoWriMo: The Location Rebel
49. What Rhymes with Stanza? – Unpremeditated
50. HEPHAESTUS’ WASTE & COSMIC RUBBLE – Day 20 – Two-Part Harmony
51. – NaPoWriMo Challenge – Day 20 – Rebel Yell
52. HOSKING’S BLOG – #NaPoWriMo 2018 Day Twenty – #RedforEd


6 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 20 – “The Confidence To Rebel Against Yourself” by David Ellis

    • I’m glad you liked it so much 😀 And it is sincerely my pleasure to have the opportunity to share your pieces, since they always engage or impress me mightily 😀

    • Very kind of you to comment Barbara and love that you love the rebel in me and my piece 😉 I’m going to be linking to the rest of your poems while I continue to write my last few ones to make up my entire batch of thirty. I promise to read all of yours and comment accordingly once I am done, I prefer to read poetry when I don’t have the pressure on top of writing it every day too 🙂

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