‘Effort’ Published at Rebelle Society!

I am so happy to share my prose poem, Effort, is published at Rebelle Society!

Rebelle Society is a home for passionate voices sharing work that the writer honestly loves. It is a home for the ‘creatively maladjusted‘, sharing prose, poetry, and insights from many gifted writers on wellness, wisdom, art, yoga, feminism, sex, and fiction.

One of my new year’s dedications is to actively write and share writing other than poetry. This means short stories and flash fiction and, of course, prose. Effort is my first prose poem.

Effort began as a poem of three stanzas and a short piece of prose I intended to submit to an anthology on mental health. My intention waned, however, with some thought as I realized the anthology was not the right home for Effort.

Transcribing both the short poem and the piece of prose from my notebook into a Word document inspired me. Suddenly I was called to cobble the pieces together, with the prose piece as the introduction followed by the poem.

I did not like it; it did not fit. I experimented. I alternated with prose and poem by breaking up the stanzas. My original prose piece was not long enough so, partly to fulfill word count requirement and partly because I was called, I just wrote. Words came to my fingers and I wrote them. I like to think this was the creative burst Amanda Gorman worked in composing The Hill We Climb.

Effort was birthed from this creative process. I love this piece and am not ashamed to share my love of it. Be proud of what you write: honest pride is not bragging. I believe bragging is when you talk about yourself in a way that intentionally shames or guilts someone else and that is not my intention here.

I invite you to enjoy Effort and think of waning but also waxing, of pride and also shame, of my perspective and also yours.

In the mirror I am not my perception of me. The glass can tell me I am ugly or coarse. The glass wants me to be broken. I resist.

This life was never meant to be a walk on the sandy shore of happiness. This life does not present one hundred ways to forget ourselves; it gives us one thousand reasons to realize how hard it is to crack open a coconut, but how sweet the reward . . .

Please continue reading here and feel free to share your beautiful thoughts!

Photo by Alfred Kenneally on Unsplash

Join me on Patreon for more creative writing!

36 thoughts on “‘Effort’ Published at Rebelle Society!

Add yours

  1. Congratulations on getting Effort published! I like that it surrounds mental health – adds to diversity and at least paints a real picture of real life issues. The fight against mental health is not always the easiest. We ask ourselves why we do this to ourselves. Keep up the good work!!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I felt seen in this one – especially after a dark morning wallowing in the self-pity of chronic illness. Your poem is inspiring and one that I want to look back on regularly, to reflect and to motivate me to not give in to myself and these self-imposed expectations. Thank you for sharing this with the world, Jaya. It is truly wonderful.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Another great piece. I love how in-depth this one is, and it definitely makes you feel the various feelings expressed. Congratulations on having your first prose piece published. Another great writing accomplishment!
    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Congrats on your first prose piece, it’s wonderful. I love the phrase, “contrast of a sharp bite of grief”, it’s so true. We do need the contrast to fully appreciate the good times. And your last verse about the snow in January – you could have written that for me as we got snow last week and it was MAGICAL! x

    Liked by 2 people

  5. I enjoyed your piece, Jaya. Your prose poetry had so many standout lines that I can’t stop with one read. I am also enjoying the different online publications you are connecting with and sharing with us.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Congratulations! I love the line “[life] gives us one thousand reasons to realize how hard it is to crack open a coconut, but how sweet the reward.” Wow. Also, great reference to Amanda Gorman. You are both very talented.

    Liked by 2 people

Share your feelings with me

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Website Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: