The World Is A Poem

Words are building blocks
lines lend rhythm and flow
for stanzas not to divide us
as we fight for a just world

Rhyme isn’t always necessary,
for a meter carries the weight
but don’t breathe a word of it;
it’s the irony of weak syllables!

Imagery is vivid and evokes
a range of emotions; each vying
for control as structures crumble
under melancholic suffixion

Can a metaphor fix a harsh tone
and let us explore universal truths
without fear of heavy themes
or abandoning our hearts?

Image depicting an apocalyptic world

I shared an excerpt of this poem on Instagram, and now I’m sharing the full poem here. It’s a way of priming myself (adjust my thoughts and emotions accordingly) for NaPoWriMo in April, as I’m participating this year.

“There’s so much happening…so much to say…so hard to say…so hard not to…” — Rajani Radhakrishnan

Are you participating in NaPoWriMo? If you haven’t decided or found prompts that speak to you or your world, as it is right now, check out Rajani’s call and prompts on her blog, Thotpurge or Instagram, if you publish your poems there.

While I’ll be sharing some poems here (more frequent than usual), I may be super slow in responding to comments. However, I want to assure you I truly value and read every one of them. 🙂

Otherwise, happy writing and reading & a restful Easter weekend!

PS. Both images were created using Canva AI image generator.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Enjoy your NaPoWriMo! I’ve done several NaNoWriMos in the past, so I understand the draw and commitment involved. Words are building blocks like you say – so I say: go forth and build!

  2. I think only writing a poem every day, without the added task of publishing it, might help me get through the 30 days. Let’s see how I fare up! 🙂 See you on the trail…

  3. Thank you Christina for encouragement! I’ve been (and still am) concentrating on developing my prose writing skills lately… So, NaPoWriMo gives me the opportunity to concentrate on poetry, for a change. 🙂

  4. Clever and creative, Khaya! I enjoy writing that features the act of writing as a theme or topic. 👏🏻

  5. You’re very welcome and no it isn’t. Writing, in general, isn’t easy. Right? Even simple lines can ask a lot from us.

  6. I appreciate your support and encouragement, Diana. I had decided that this year I won’t write another poem unless it’s a “happy” one. But here I am, because I can’t say no to poetry; she is a demanding lover. 🙂 <3

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