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100 Word Challenge – Common

100 Word Challenge – Common

This was a challenge to write exactly 100 words either using the word common,  or any form of the word, as one of the 100, or using common as a prompt and implying it in the 100 words.  I have written this poem using common as the title.  It is based on someone’s reaction to my presence at an event a long time ago.





No knew more than me
That I didn’t belong here
That I was in the wrong place
That a terrible mistake had been made

No-one wanted me away from here
More than me myself
No-one wanted me to disappear more than me
As distrusting eyes followed me around the room

He looked at me and said
Well she is a bit common
Like I wasn’t even there
Like I couldn’t hear his
Sneer or see his curled lip
As he glanced at me like the
Underside of his shoe
After he’d stepped in something
Like his face

Copyright, D M Day, 2017


GloPoWriMo: Day 21

GloPoWriMo: Day 21

The Day 21 prompt was to write a poem that incorporates overheard speech. It could be something I’d heard on the radio, or a phrase I remember from childhood, even something I overheard a coworker say!  The poem should use the overheard speech as a springboard from which to launch the poem.  The poem could comment directly on the overheard phrase or simply use it as illustration or tone-setting material.  I have written a poem about a conversation I heard staff having about me in a hospital, that I probably wasn’t supposed to hear, but there wasn’t much chance of me not hearing it…  Information about developmental hip dysplasia and the consequences of it being diagnosed in adulthood can be found here.


There’s hardly any bone left
The radiographer said
As she stared at the x-ray
Glowing on the screen
No wonder she’s in pain

It’s a wonder she can walk at all
The nurse replied, holding a pen
A black plastic cigarette
Between her lips

Later the doctor told me
It was psychosomatic
And tried to force me to take pills
That would make me forget

One day not long after
I would be sat down and told
They were really very sorry
But it was too late
Nothing could be done now

There’s hardly any bone left
It’s a wonder she can walk at all

Copyright, D M Day, 2017