Saturday, March 31, 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018: Early Bird Prompt

Today’s prompt is one we’ve used before, but it gets great results, and who can argue with results? So today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the form of a love letter . . . to an object. Ideally, the poem will be a kind of riddle, where it’s not totally obvious that the addressee is your beloved childhood pogo stick, or a dish of pad thai from your favorite restaurant, until near the end. This is a great opportunity to play with some of the clichés and tropes of love poetry. But while this kind of poem can be a great way to explore humor in verse, you might also surprise yourself with just how deep and true your feelings toward an object can be.

An Ode to Iced Latte

I first found your form
at the Fuzzy Duck café.
You were a brown-mamba
crescendo to early-morning chimes
and so my tongue began the dance.

I chased the velvet feel
of your hot-lava java from
campus-library doorway
to hipster-café counter,
always my magic star-bean muse.

And, always, like any proper lover,
you strummed the panic-chord
to my finger-jittery poets-page.

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