Napowrimo 1….. The Call

National Poetry Writing Month is here again.  I can’t believe how quickly it’s come round.  My first contribution is inspired by a prompt at dVerse  to write about vocation, calling – actual or dreamed of.  

The Call

My life has been lived upside down
and back to front,
undirected, losing my way
and finding it again.
Various work tried
and found wanting
or boring.
Move on.

Until, later
rather than sooner,
the discovery that I could teach
progressing to
a desire and an ability to learn.


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24 Responses to Napowrimo 1….. The Call

  1. Ah.. the love of learning never exceeded by the value of teaching.. as wisdom grows in learning.. teaching naturally follows in gardens watered.. with love of learning..:)

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  2. I love the work tried and found wanting, or boring. I can relate to that. So glad you found your calling at last. Peace, Linda

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  3. My teaching career started at 40. We learn so much through teaching, about others, about communication, about ourselves. Great start to NaPo, Viv!

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  4. Ron. says:

    You’re off to a great NaPo start, V. Cheers!

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  5. Pamela says:

    Happy to see you joining in the poeming madness, Viv. This year did go by quickly. I like the idea of living life upside down. I have pretty much done the same by teaching in Mexico.

    Pamela ox

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  6. lynn__ says:

    So glad you found your niche, Viv…i like the idea of living upside down 🙂

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  7. Dusty Writes says:

    Oh Wow, I really like this!

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  8. Sabio Lantz says:

    What a fun explanation — honest, fresh and open! Nice

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  9. Myrna says:

    It’s wonderful that you found your vocation later in life. This way you have so much more to contribute from you experience in the University of Life. It’s never too late.

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  10. claudia says:

    i like that you didn’t give up but tried different things until you found the one thing you really wanted to do

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  11. Sherry Marr says:

    I LOVE this backward journey, which is the way I learned too!!!!!!!

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  12. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Our paths have similar. I came to teaching in my late 30’s, then stuck to it for 33 years. I love the notion that some of us “live life upside down”. What is important, I suppose, is that we do, in fact, find our way, our calling at some point before the last Act.


  13. It occurs to me the intriguing factor that teaching and learning go hand in hand…wonderful start to poetry month, Viv! 🙂

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  14. kanzensakura says:

    Happy Napowrimo! I’m doing it too. 🙂 Like you, I’ve had various first, second,….etc. careers. My favorite teachers were those who taught beyond what was in the text book. I have a feeling your students enjoy and like you. But oh, that desire to learn – like a siren always beckons.

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  15. Better late than never!

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  16. C.C. says:

    The path you took to become a teacher will, I believe, serve you very well as a teacher 🙂


  17. Mary says:

    Sounds like you kept following your calls through life, Viv, until finally you found the one that was the best fit! Happy NaPoWriMo!

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  18. Gabriella says:

    The term ‘second career’ does not come out of nowhere and while I can see why some would regret finding their calling late in life, I think it might also might them more appreciative.

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