NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 30 – “Being You for the First Time” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Courage” by Anne Sexton

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 my final ‘finale’ poem of the entire month, I have gone back to where I started from and decided to use the incredible Anne Sexton as my inspiration once again. You can read the poem that I used for my inspiration below.

Read “Courage” by Anne Sexton over at All Poetry

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

Image by Oberholster Venita from Pixabay

“Being You for the First Time” by David Ellis

It’s in the small things
We see it, as an earthquake
The first time
When your heart went crazy
You concealed weakness, inside
Courage saved you
Endured despair
You did it alone
From fire, your heart
Wringing out your sorrow
Gave you wings
Roses, each spring
Be you, live
Love and bargain with the moment
When you’ll stride out


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!


4 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 30 – “Being You for the First Time” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Courage” by Anne Sexton

  1. I enjoyed Anne Sexton’s “Winter Colony” in american poets yesterday, so I got all excited and read her other work, then found out after winning the Pulitzer she killed herself. That was incredibly disheartening. I like your last two lines.

    • Thank you for your comment Maria, I appreciate it very much and your compliment too! Now that you mention this, I was also thinking of the suicide of Sylvia Plath as well (who I have also featured before on my blog) and this is actually brought up on Anne Wikipedia page. Such sadness and troubles in their lives and yet the poems that they have written can move mountains with just a few words.

      • Agreed, that’s why it’s so disheartening. Especially now, when so many people are hurting and don’t have the resources they need. Artists, amazing artists are often troubled.

      • Yes, absolutely right Maria, it is so hard to read about that kind of thing when we are all hurting right now with what is happening in the world on so many different levels. I founded an inspirational poetry journal in October last year to help spread more inspirational poetry in the world, as a way to try to raise spirits, even in the most troubled times. You are most welcome to submit, we have a special NaPo anthology that is open to mid-May but we also are open to regular submissions throughout the year. I’m sure some of your powerful pieces would be of great interest to our journal! 🙂 Here is the link if you are interested in checking it out

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