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  • Celia Jenkins

NaPoWriMo 2024 Day 1

Prompt: Today, we’d like to challenge you to write – without consulting the book – a poem that recounts the plot, or some portion of the plot, of a novel that you remember having liked but that you haven’t read in a long time.


Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Though named for stars

She was sunshine, lightness,

Bright as a clear, quiet morning.

Intrusive as sunlight

Finding its way through every crack,

Bringing warmth, slowly,

As to a rock

Left out in the

Arizona sun.

She had the rodent

But he was mousey,

No voice


No opinions

Squeak squeak

Not even about her.

Disbelieving, squint-eyed,

Their lives collide.

And his are opened wide.

Wonder. Mystery

As never before,

A life he didn't know

You could dare to live.

But hers, gradually,

Gaze drawn down

To the baked dust ground,



The starlight flickers,

Fades, her sparkle


Until she breaks herself free

From him, from them,

Be herself again.

Flying like a porcupine neckerchief

On the wind.


Look at that, day 1 of #NaPoWriMo2024 and I've written a poem to the prompt. A glimmer at the end of the tunnel of my writing hiatus.

I loved Stargirl when it came out. I loved it so much that I never read the sequel, because it had already ended perfectly and I didn't need to know what came next. When I read the poetry prompt, the bright pink cover of the edition I still have jumped into my mind. And here we are. Happy NaPoWriMo and ganbatte to the poets.

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