On November 1, 2020 I started following a new blog that I found while I was spending a few minutes checking out fellow NaNoPoBlano participants: No Talent for Certainty. You see on November 1, 2020 I spontaneously decided to join NaNoPoBlano for the first time. So, here we are on day #2 with my day 2 post titled, “Observers.”



The smoke swirls lazily skyward and I am lost in the white wispy particles. I watch the unchecked cigarette, the host of this rising smoke, it is almost just smoldering remains now. A reddish-orange burn circle travels up the narrow cylinder of tobacco rolled thin white paper and leaves a black, grey and white cylinder of ash in its wake.

This isn’t my cigarette. I sat down here with this cigarette to try and jump into a character. I sat down here to try and find inspiration for the birth of a character who is weighed down by the stress of daily life and seeks her own answers in the tendrils of spiraling smoke.

By Shari Marshall – 2020

3 thoughts on “Observers

  1. Owen’s blog is one of my all time favorites. I love that when I’m in a mood to think, the poems have space for that, and when I’m too overwhelmed, I can just say the words and enjoy the melody of them. Glad you found your way to it. 🙂

    I love the language in your piece– tendrils, burn-circle, wispy. Evocative imagery. 🙂

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