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Day 30: Magic cento

Today is the day to finish things and maybe start new ones. We had another amazing April, my fifth, in the company of Maureen’s prompts and all the poets and their poems. My last poem is for you all.

Prompt 30: “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems.” 

What a great final prompt! I love centos. So far I have written:

No matter how much I attempted to, I still fell short in reading all of you. That’s why please do not despair if I failed to incorporate you in my today’s cento. We all did our best, I’m sure.

Thank you most kindly for your company and to Maureen Thorson for her splendid prompts. Many new forms were attempted or tackled from a new angle. Many times I said aaaah when reading you all. Many times I was warmed by your comments. I hope to see you all back next April.

My cento is made up with verses from 24 memorable poems written this month by 24 fellow participants. Sometimes I had to change the verse length or the final punctuation, but the rest remains intact. Thank you, all! The links follow bellow the poem.

April Magic (cento)

A poem to write in the moonlight. 
Where to start on this page?1

Do not always choose the prettiest words.2
Better roll. Who wants to gather moss?3

I thrill to find new shapes for myself4
tucked away in the middle of lonely.5

<much poetry happens here>6

My ancestors came from the land 
of magic, after all,7

and I’m better for the love found there. 
Nothing will eclipse that.8

The child of Nature with all of the Spring inside,9
oodles of sass, a touch of foolhardiness.10

We were together again last night11
and then spend the whole day trying to become unlost.12

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. 
So does presence and wine.13 You had to be there.14

Return me to the timeless before, when 
land was shared, not owned15

revisiting lives I haven’t lived - 16
please do not drop packages there.17

In less than two hours, 
the world will upgrade.18

We pride and collide, we try but die.19
It was always just beneath the surface.20

I think dreaming is what remains21
when every hue dives into one huge indigo pool.22

They don’t know when to stop23
and I dream myself asleep.24

1 N. K. Hasen, Poetry by Hasen
2 Judy Dykstra-Brown, lifelessons
3 Smitha Vishwanath, EÚNOIA
4 Alana Prochuk, Poem Dive
5 Katie Staten 
6 Mary Beth Frezon, Orientation::Artist
7 Nataša Božić Grojić, Summer Blues
9 EXPRESSIONS ESPRESSO, Freshly Brewed Content
10 Punam, paeansunpluggedblog
11 Charlotte Hamrick 
12 Sunra Rainz 
13 Romana Iorga, clayandbranches
14 Christopher Perry, Voyage des Mots
16 Paula, Poetic Inquiry For Beginners (Like Me)
17 Xan, Xanku
18 Selma Martin, Selma Writes
19 Gloria D. Gonsalves
20 Flutterby, Flutterby's NaPoWriMo
21 M, Grapeling
22 Elizabeth Boquet
23 Ruth Berkoff, Words With Ruth
24 Barbara Turney Wieland, barbaraturneywielandpoetess

This post is also for Patrick’s Pic and a Word challenge on the theme of magic. Words were magical already, and here are some magical plants waving to you from tropical Tuscany. Growing wildly right now, not in a botanical garden!

In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #311: Magic

The last day in my NaPoWriMo history

2018: A few strange and fascinating facts for the month of April
for Tuscany doesn’t know me yet
for once I open my mouth
I sing

neither have I
known myself as
/imagined to be,
fantasised to become/
a poet
(Read all.)
2019: We did it!
Bath on the path.  
           Pack on the back.
                   Bath on the pack.
                            Back on the path.
                                    Pat on the back.  

View more Tuscany.

2020: To return
War cries
prose lives
sun beds
hot heads

the smog
the heat
the sea
the hurt



Read all.

2021: Put the dishes in the dishwasher but not like that
Use normal salt. 
It’s the same as dishwasher salt, 
only cheaper.

But above all, 
fill it quietly like I am doing it now, 
so that you don’t wake up your love 
who you think is sleeping 
but is actually writing 
the last poem.

And then run it anyway.

This is how you reach 
the end of the month. 
And now what? 

Read all.

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

60 thoughts on “Day 30: Magic cento

  1. You made the most amazing Cento, Manja. Three cheers to you. What a wonderful way to connect all of us who wrote and supported each other through the month. I can’t imagine the amount of time you must have spent going through each one but that is you (I know from the calendar). Sending you a big hug from Mumbai for this very special Cento. Will share it tomorrow on my blog.

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    1. Thank you most kindly, Smitha. I’m so happy that you like it and will share it. I have been reading most of you through the month and had favourites in mind already, today I just compiled them. But yes, it was quite some work. Thank you for the appreciation and hugs. Love you right back. ❤


  2. I love the way you do this. Thanks for the mention! Along with lots of my favorite poets, an honor. I hope you will keep writing the occasional poem, despite it not being April again until 2023. (K)

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  3. So very cool, Manja.

    I hope to visit all the poets in a more leisurely manner now the month end has arrived – this gives me that much more incentive.

    Cheers and thanks ~ M

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    1. Ahh, how lovely, Judy. I’ve just read it. 🙂 It’s excellent! I’m so glad that you gave it a go. And as I say on your blog – I hope you’d say yes if I asked for permission! 😉


  4. You did it again! I feel honoured to be included, especially since you chose a part of the poem that means the most to me personally.
    Above all, I am in awe at how you manage these long centos. I wanted to do the same thing (make a cento of the poems from our community), but I got stuck midway. It is hard to make a cento that makes sense, especially if it is long, but you do it masterfully.
    Thank you for everything, Manja. I am not saying goodbye. I will come to the NaPoWriMo blog tomorrow to say a few words. I am also planning to read some of your poems that I have missed and I might leave a comment or two. And of course, we will be in touch outside the challenge, as always.

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    1. Thank you most kindly, Nataša. I did it by selecting the most impactful lines from favourite poems and hoped for the best. 😉 This time it all came together especially fortunately. I’m so glad that I chose the perfect verse. 🙂 I applaud you for nailing the challenge for the tenth time despite everything. Always a great pleasure to read you. All well to you.


      1. May and June: very busy months for me. I will be away in a sphere were I need to meet people in person( like I said in penultimate post) send good vibes.
        But I will be reading. Need the precious Input. 😉

        And to not be forgotten entirely in blogosphere have scheduled a couple posts.
        Sending you blessings. XoXo

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  5. I feel honored to have had a line of my poetry included in this. I love that you used lines from NaPoWriMo participants for this! It made for such a touching way to wrap up the experience this year. ❤ This was such a lovely read.

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    1. Ahh, how lovely, Not Pam, thank you. 🙂 I’m quite proud of this one for real, because I didn’t write a thing, just did my fortunate selection and combination. All the 24 poets take the credit for their impactful verses. Thank you for reading, always.

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  6. Thank you for including my line in your beautiful cento, dear Manja–what a precious gift! Can’t tell you how much I valued your input this month and all these years we’ve been NaPoWriMo-ing together. Grateful beyond words. Write like the wind, my friend, and see you in a poem sooner rather than later.😘🙏💜

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    1. Beautifully said, Romana. 🙂 See you in a poem sounds like see you in the dreams, just even better so. I really like it how this one came together, thanks to you all. We did it well. Thank you for the whole month. I hope you drop a poem here and there for us even before next April.

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    1. Thank you, Carol Ann. 🙂 That was the last (and probably only) time I was out at -14 degrees C. Cold! It was a selfie, I was alone. Thank you for getting on my ride. I still have opened your post from three weeks ago. The poetry month threw me off my rhythm. Will catch up. I hope you had a good month too.

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      1. Our community is so gentle and loving, so don’t worry about backlogs and whatnot. No need to comment on or even “like” my past (or future) posts (or my comments to you). I know you’re out there, my friend.

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      2. I am here but I’m just thinking about limiting my blogging activity considerably. I must not sit here as much as I have been. It’s not good for my body. On May 20th I will be blogging daily for exactly a year and after that I’ll take it easy. As for comments and likes, I never take it as a responsibility. I truly enjoy visiting you and other bloggers, it’s just quite time-consuming.

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  7. You’ve climbed quite a mountain with daily posts for a year. I agree: enjoy the view, savor the accomplishment and then let it go. I’ll enjoy reading your posts whenever you share them — and I’ll enjoy knowing that there’s a lot of living behind them.

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  8. I’m delighted to be part of your cento ❤ I thought I'd already liked and commented on this post but I must have imagined it! I love the last lines you finish with. And although it require slots of reading and pondering, it's one of the coolest ways to make a found poem. I love the couplet you use my line in, it feels romantic. As if you have to collect the pieces of yourself again after someone you like blows your mind. Really awesome cento 🙂


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