NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 8 – “A Place You Teach Meaning” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “White Buttons” by Mary Ruefle

Hey there everyone.

I’m participating in NaPoWriMo 2020, if you aren’t following the NaPoWriMo website already then go check it out at

For today’s poem, I have written a found poem based on words and phrases from a magnificent poem by the wonderful poet Mary Ruefle.

You can read the lyrics to here poem below.

Read “White Buttons” by Mary Ruefle over at Poetry Foundation

My poem is a celebration of our love of reading, how emotionally we are connected to books and the impact they have on our lives.

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


Image by JL G from Pixabay

“A Place You Teach Meaning” by David Ellis

Been blown away by a book
At the end
There’s meaning found
After you read them, intruding
Love you now leave, after it blooms
Our shivering bodies
Must be missing that book
More than everyone ever met
Sometimes, all the problems of the world
Of being alive
Felt far away
Here, living under the sky
Found in the space
To think, to read, continually
Time perfect, in every way
Spoke out of our great love
Which made us feel good
A place you teach
But also be noticed



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.

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 out now, so make sure to get yourself a copy soon!



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