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I Can

“I Can”

–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #16


I can be tired and burnt out.

I can feel like there’s no hope.

I can give up on my positivity.

I can let my mind atrophy.

I can try to be like everyone else.




I can push past my exhaustion.

I can remember there’s good in the world.

I can choose to spread joy.

I can continue challenging myself.

I can stand out and be unique.

Write A Poem

“Write A Poem”

–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #15


You really need to write a poem.

It might be hard for you.

Words tend to be elusive.

At times, you might have too

Much that you want to say.

And later, you might feel

Like you are brain-dead.

I want you to know that’s

Completely normal behavior.

Even the mightiest wordsmiths

Have those painful moments.

You might say you’re not a poet.

You might say you only write

Epic space battles or perhaps

Fantasy unrequited love stories

Or maybe zombie teen fiction.

That doesn’t matter at all!

Poets come from every type

Of writing background.

Take comfort that poems

Are shorter than books.

That might make them scarier,

But they don’t have to be.

Yes, you have less word count.

However, I’m going to ask that

You push that negativity aside.

It is absolutely 100% okay

If the poem you put your soul

Into turns out extremely awful.

That will not bring on the end

Of the universe, so relax!

Poetry is allowed to suck.

The beauty of art is subjectivity.

So now you’re out of excuses.

You really need to write a poem.


“I AM”

–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #14


I am creative and passionate.

I wonder how to be a better writer.

I hear my characters’ voices in my head.

I see their deepest desires and dreams.

I want to do them all justice in my books.

I am creative and passionate.


I pretend there are other worlds.

I feel like the ruler of these universes.

I touch and manipulate their lives.

I worry others won’t like my creations.

I cry when I can’t contain my fears.

I am creative and passionate.


I understand that I am still learning.

I say with confidence that I’m an author.

I dream about supporting myself on my writing.

I try to reflect and grow every day.

I hope I’m not wasting my time.

I am creative and passionate.


***Here’s the I AM Poem Template in case you’d like to write your own I AM Poem:

I am (2 special characteristics you have)

I wonder (something of curiosity)

I hear (an imaginary sound)

I see (an imaginary sight)

I want (an actual desire)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)


I pretend (something you actually pretend to do)

I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)

I touch (an imaginary touch)

I worry (something that bothers you)

I cry (something that makes you sad)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)


I understand (something that is true)

I say (something you believe in)

I dream (something you dream about)

I try (something you really make an effort about)

I hope (something you actually hope for)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)



–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #13


Don’t brag about your skill.

You might be good at something

While being awful at others.

There are different types

Of intelligence and each person

Has their own things they rock at.

So instead of comparing abilities,

Why don’t you spend your energy

Pursuing your own talent?



–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #12


I’ve been fairly subtle,

Dropping little hints

That we have a lot of

Interests in common.

And you have been

Exceedingly dense.

Or did you notice but

You just don’t like me?

I suck at this so you

Need to step up and

Take the lead or else

At least express your

Complete disinterest.

I’ve chased you as far as

I can manage and I’m done.

The door is still open

But you need to decide if

I’m the woman you want.

Caring for a scary, intense

Woman like me can be a

Rather difficult, I know.

So I understand if that’s

Why you’ve been distant.

However, I also know my

Worth and I deserve to

Be pursue and cherished.

Take a risk and talk to me.