Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 4

And now for our (optional) daily prompt. Our craft resource today focuses on the use of concrete nouns and specific details, using the idea of “putting a dog in it.” Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! For example, you could have a poem about sadness that describes that emotion as “a rowboat tethered with fishing line to a willow that leans over a pond. Rainwater collects in the bottom, and mosquito eggs.” Concrete details like those can draw the reader in and let them imagine the real world where your abstract ideal or feeling happens.


Was a lily pond
surrounded by an ocean
of babies breath,
the wind orchestrating
a series of chimes between
whispering willow eves
and ivy branches;
Easter dogwood bending
a Namaste bow to
such untethered tranquility.
And beneath the skies,
robin egg blue and devouring
the world a rainbow hue,
we bloomed, she and I.
Our twisted roots uncoiling
from the frayed dirt of an old life,
into the new petal skin of one flower.

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