Lyric Fire: #NaPoWriMo 2012 – Day 2 – Giving It Up!

On day two of this poetry writing challenge, I’m following the prompt from the official NaPoWriMo website which calls for creating a work based on the song that was number #1 on the day you were born. Being that I had never heard of the song that held the #1 spot on the day of my arrival, I am taking suggestion #2 from the site which suggests writing a poem that captures the essence or spirit of the first popular song you remember from childhood.

Marvin Gaye’s Got To Give It Up, was played often in my house when I was little and because of that he became one of my favorite singers. Ironically Marvin Gaye died on April 1st, 1984 and was born on April 2nd, 1939 so I feel like his spirit is really with me today as I give you…

Giving it Up!

sliding out of constricting fabrics

dipping and diving into cool streams

remembering lightness

celestial beings


rolling in the deepness

jumping on the bluffs

grooving to the roughness

once is never enough


the sky is wrapped around gently

holding us tight

embracing the beings

constructed from light


in and out

out and in

the pleasure increases

and then begins again


the screams are in A minor

the moans are deeper than that

bodies move sensuously

defying their girth and fat


sweat glistens

the lonely listen

vibing on the melody

inspiration can seep through walls

filling the empty


take the joy where it lands

hold rainbows in your hands

gyrate with force

meld together with grace

sink into flesh and spirit

savor the taste


sooner than expected

it will be time to go

time to recede and forever recline

exhaust all pleasurable possibilities

live in the now & not in your mind


shout, dance, laugh, kiss, hug

and skate

live your life lovely

do it now

don’t wait


breathe deep and long

adding all your troubles to it

blow it out strong

go ahead and do it


feel the weight lifted

that cross is all gone

swing your hips

throw your chest out

and sing your song


gotta to give it up!


For more delicious servings of poetry this month, please visit these bloggers as they are also participating in NaPoWriMo!


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Comments (16 Responses)

  1. Andy says:

    Hello Tameka.
    I have always loved this song. Can you see me grooving right now? (lol)
    Nice choice for Day 2. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Janaki Nagaraj says:

    This is just WOW! very sensual.

  3. jerly says:

    Congrats. Even for writing prose “it has to come” that’s why poetry from me is even rarer still, as it has to come come! πŸ™‚ It’s really a blessing to be able to write a poem everyday!
    Thinking Space

  4. I can see you Andy! Get your dance on dear! Shake, shake! πŸ™‚
    Humbled by your comment Janaki! I try. πŸ™‚
    Writing poetry truly is a blessing Jerly! It teaches us so much. We are the vessels for something much bigger than our minds and fingers can bring to the screen. I look forward to your writing as well. πŸ™‚

  5. sulekha says:

    Lady you are setting the NaPoWriMo on fire with your poems πŸ˜‰ Loved it a lot.

  6. Thanks Sulekha! I’m just trying to be like you! πŸ™‚

  7. Your imagery is superb! Your words carried me as if they were my dancing partner. Well done!

  8. phenomenal, tameka! steamy, sensual and surreal. love it!

  9. Hey
    Very good luck with your challenge – a poem a day is quite a feat but what an amazing achievement it will be!

  10. Adriene says:

    Get it, girl! ;p This is very steamy, much in keeping with the spirit of Mr. Gaye himself. Nice one!

  11. I can’t even begin to imagine writing a poem every day of a month, but it looks like you have gotten off to a great start! Keep up the good work.

  12. Thanks Martha! Writing poetry makes me feel like dancing! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Monice! Holla! You know how we do! Thanks much girl! πŸ™‚

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog, NotaNottingHIllMum! I appreciate your comment and well wishes. I am having fun doing it!

  15. Thanks Sweepy! No one inspires sensuality like Marvin Gaye!

  16. Thanks so much Mary! I appreciate your visit! πŸ™‚

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