Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NaPoWriMo Day #7

The prompt at NaPoWriMo for today was:

Our prompt for the day (optional as always) comes to us from Elizabeth Boquet of Oaks to Acorns. In keeping with the fact that it’s the seventh day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, Elizabeth and I challenge you to write a poem about luck and fortuitousness. For inspiration, take a look at Charles Simic’s “The Betrothal” and Stephen Dunn’s “The Arm”. Need something more? Perhaps these instructions from Elizabeth will get you going!
Create the following lists:
1. List 1 – 3 random objects. (Smaller tends to be better.)
2. List 1 – 3 random but specific locations. (Think in the cookie jar, or under my seat…)
3. List 1 – 2 objects you’ve lost and a few notes on their back-story.
4. List 1- 2 objects you’ve found and few notes on their back-story.
Now, choosing an object from List 1, a location from List 2, and connect them in a poem with ideas from Lists 3 & 4 and VoilĂ ! A fortuitous poem! 

On Carelessness 

I'm laying in corpse pose on my yoga mat.  There's a candle to my left, beacon for long-repressed memories.  Overhead, a chandalier tinkles as if toyed with by ghostly fingers.  I'm head-to-head level with the secrets nestled behind the sofa.  I almost wonder if a piece of my heart might be found there among the dust, or at least the white-gold wedding band from my first (and only, thus far) marriage.  I can barely remember the cold-metal hug it gave my finger but I'm sure in a journal somewhere in a box behind a shelf there's written a lengthy explanation of its absense.  I've lost plenty of important thngs...a notebook full of last years poetry, though I've all but forgotten what was written.  And a pair of earrings from my last romantic relationship, which was really merely a rendezvious of cabin rentals and condos and beaches where the sand probably remembers my former self better than I.  And how, somewhere before yesterday, I lost myself between mirror-glass and an intellectual clumbsiness too cruel to pardon.

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