NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 1 – “Clockwork Thought” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “The Touch” by Anne Sexton

Hey there everyone.

I’m participating in NaPoWriMo 2020, so that means a whole lot more poetry goodness every day from me for an entire month, in addition to my other regular programming!

If you aren’t following the NaPoWriMo website already then go check it out at

So for the Day 1 prompt swiped from the NaPoWriMo website, I focused on the aspects of a self-portrait of life and incorporating metaphors too. I therefore decided to write a found poem based on a poem by Anne Sexton called “The Touch”, which has some brilliantly observed writing and engaging metaphors buried within.

You can read “The Touch” by Anne Sexton over here at Famous Poets & Poems.

Here is my own found poem, thank you for reading and good luck with all of your NaPoWriMo adventures throughout this month!


Image by Enrique Meseguer from Pixabay

“Clockwork Thought” by David Ellis

A thought is like a clock
Fed by seclusion
Lines traced into soft places
Vulnerable and just lonely
Something that touches back, for better
They live for the night
Made by trouble
But only in my head
All this history found
Your life rebuilt
Dance, alive all over
Nothing will stop it


If you write any inspirational poetry then you should check out Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal. They are working on a special anthology issue focusing on inspirational poetry written during the period of NaPoWriMo this year! For more information, check out their submission guidelines here.

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Auroras & Blossoms also accepts submissions of inspirational poetry all year round from adults and children aged 13-16 for their regular quarterly issues. Issue 3 is published tomorrow, so make sure to get yourself a copy soon!

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