Pithy Five

On Day Eighteen at NaPoWriMo, the optional prompt is based on Faisal Mohyuddin’s poem “Five Answers to the Same Question.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own poem that provides five answers to the same question – without ever specifically identifying the question that is being answered.


1. stand on your toes

peel off layers of quivers

unleash. neck tethers



2. unfold. spread

the wings

a little flapping

does not hurt.


3. resist inertia

cartwheel on green

if you must,


4. slacken the muscles


look above

the hurdle.


5. embrace gravity

polish instinct.

reflecting surfaces

don’t fear vastness.


Were you able to guess the question? Do let me know in the comments below.

This post is part of BlogchatterA2Z.

25 thoughts on “Pithy Five”

  1. We can only be the wind beneath their wings, Sonia. Your answers as your title suggests are very pithy and spoke to this mother. This truly resonated.

    I am very late in catching up with my reading so please be don’t be alarmed with my comments flowing thick snd fast. 😉

  2. I did not figure the question aptly (unfortunately, the comments gave it away) but I did realize the message was something around ‘Don’t be afraid to take chances’. What a lovely poem

  3. loved reading this Sonia. Short, crisp and yet, very profound! (yes, I did get the question. no I didn’t scroll down, but will not leave the question in the comments)

  4. I pictured you giving those answers to your children when I read them one after another–pearls of wisdom on a string. Like Romana said, the tender humour in the second answer resonated deeply–tough love and open arms.

    Loved this Sonia.

  5. Sonia, very nice. Are we talking archery? Maybe… or is it the name of your blog that gave me the weird idea? If not that, forgive. Anyway, the words are lovely. No doubt. xoxo

    1. My bad Selma, I couldn’t make it clear. The question is Will I ever learn to fly? Basically, one from children to parents. Since I’m neck deep into parenting right now, that’s all I can think of! But after reading your comment when I went back to read, I relised archery too would go with it. The ‘quiver’ must have made it sound like one too! Thank you for that perspective Selma

      1. Enjoy the fantasy. Relive it with your little ones again — they remind us of what we left behind. Lovely. Happy parenting. The best time of your life with them is now. I bless you. xoxo. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

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