Day 30, 2021 NaPoWriMo
Directions to Poetry Month
Start on April first (no joke) Read the prompt Open Google docs Create a new blank document Stare at the white page Wait. Wait. If nothing comes to mind, And document is still blank Take a detour to the left Read featured poets and poems If you get an idea, a phrase to play with Open up rhymezone; open up syllable counter Start writing, see if phrases translates into a ghazal, or A haiku, a tanka perhaps, or a prose poem. Not happy with what you got on the paper? Roll the paper in proverbial wad and toss it into the garbage can (i.e. delete Google doc and create another blank document). Need more inspiration; take a detour To the right and read others who have already posted their finished work. Anything, anything? Almost time for dinner, if panic sets in, turnaround And visit more poetry sites. Have dinner. After, dinner when it is 8PM Pacific time, Within an hour a new prompt will drop, Panic. Jot something. Panic some more. Got something, good, now Go straight to Unsplash or to Pixabay Find a picture that semi-fits your written verse Write up the post on the blog, hit publish. Phew! 59 seconds to spare. Ahh, and there it is - a brand new prompt. Rinse and repeat for the whole month of April. And on last day of April, in tow, you’ll have: some ramblings, some indecipherable musings, And maybe something interesting. Some of the nice, fellow travellers may even read Your stuff, and give you compliments, and feedback. After lots of false starts, lots of detouring and lots of meandering, After 30 days and 30 nights, You Have Arrived. Remember, it is not the destination, and it is the Journey that matters. (PS: Remember to say thanks to Maureen).
Another April’s come and gone. I got to 30 for 30 again this year. Definitely a good feeling. As usual, time is such a constraint, with barely enough time to write something and regrettably (as always) not enough time to read so much good work that other poets have posted. And as always, thanks to Maureen Thorson for providing the space, the reading material and the prompts for the journey.
Full prompt from napowrimo.net:
“Today’s featured reading is a live event that will take place tomorrow, May 1, at 3:30 p.m. eastern. Poet sam sax will be reading for The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in New Jersey.
And now for our final (still optional!) prompt. Today’s prompt is based on a prompt written by Jacqueline Saphra, and featured in this group of prompts published back in 2015 by The Poetry Society of the U.K. This prompt challenges you to write a poem in the form of a series of directions describing how a person should get to a particular place. It could be a real place, like your local park, or an imaginary or unreal place, like “the bottom of your heart,” or “where missing socks go.” Fill your poem with sensory details, and make them as wild or intimate as you like.”