NaPoWriMo 2018 – #11 Flight of Fancy


This is the first time this year I’ve used a prompt from the NaPoWriMo site, which is to write :
”  a poem that addresses the future, answering the questions “What does y(our) future provide? What is your future state of mind? If you are a citizen of the “union” that is your body, what is your future “state of the union” address?”

Phew. So not just a first draft but also a first thought.

Flight of Fancy

His mind had always been

a distance from his body.

It drifted further each year,


changing at a slower rate,

refusing to keep up,

despite the weight of evidence:


shop window reflections,

slower running times,

invisibility to young people.


He would grasp at any sign

from friends

that he was still “cool”.


As his body aged,

his imagination grew more vivid,

his ideas more fanciful,


until his mind detached

from his physical self,

wandered off on its own.


Copyright Mike Hopkins 2018

Image: Kristian Bjornard

About NaPoWriMo

(Some / most of these could be rightly described as “chopped up text”. But that’s how first drafts often look.)

5 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2018 – #11 Flight of Fancy

  1. Ooh, poignant one. I like the idea of the mind being so busy & active that it detaches itself from the slower physical vehicle. Well, I don’t actually like it, i like the idea of it!

  2. It could well be not a first, but a final thought … It’s not only a good poem but also one I can really identify with!

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