Day 19 NaPoWriMo 2020
The old lady sat under the sugar maple in her backyard
A wise guy said, “you ain’t wise, you bony blowhard”
To which the old lady said,
“Be careful when you eat bread,
The rye is grown and milled in my farm yard.”
Today, our optional prompt challenges you to write a poem based on a “walking archive.” What’s that? Well, it’s when you go on a walk and gather up interesting things – a flower, a strange piece of bark, a rock. This then becomes your “walking archive” – the physical instantiation of your walk. If you’re unable to get out of the house (as many of us now are), you can create a “walking archive” by wandering around your own home and gathering knick-knacks, family photos, maybe a strange spice or kitchen gadget you never use. One you’ve finished your gathering, lay all your materials out on a tray table, like museum specimens. Now, let your group of materials inspire your poem! You can write about just one of the things you’ve gathered, or how all of them are all linked, or even what they say about you, who chose them and brought them together.
Just a quick walk in the backyard. The neighbor has a sugar maple, so wrote a limerick.