I am participating in National Poetry Writing Month, where the goal is to write one poem a day for 30 days. During the month of April, I will be using the writing prompts at ReadWritePoem.org and posting the results.
Day one prompt
The definition that I like best is two disparate things yoked together to create new meaning. Not sure where I heard that might have been a professor, might have been a drunken poet Either way, its an apt description!
Right now, at this very minute, list five things in front of you. In front of you being a relative term: on your desk, on your arm, out your window Choose the two most disparate things and yoke them together into a fabulous metaphor. Now, use it in a poem.
The Hair Stylist Loses Her Battle
All day she heard its
anchovy buzz, the static sizzle
of pepperoni, an answer to the S.O.S.
in her gut. The click-clack of inner
pops as her stomach
tuned in that pirate
radio tower, intoning,
in frantic Morse code,
a forbidden word: pizza.
Now, still purple smocked,
hair clips snapped to her pocket,
as the El whisks her past fractures,
she sucks grease from her
My words were: 1. radio tower, 2. umbrella, 3. bus; 4. hair clips, 5. pizza. These were items I saw on my way to catch a bus downtown. OK, so some of them were two words, but I was in a hurry. The woman is someone I saw on the train.
If you write while hungry, it's somewhat obvious.