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 thirty prompt (leave a line, take a line)
Consider todays prompt a little like the take a penny, leave a penny dish at the quickie-mart. To begin, help us write a kickin poem by contributing a line in the comments section. Its ok to come back often, just try not to leave two in a row.
Next, because were not through with you just yet you are invited to choose your favorite line as inspiration or a starting point for a poem of your own.
NOTE: While I am simply copying this prompt from ReadWritePoem.org, if you'd like to do a collaborative poem in the comments of this entry, I'm game!
Choose what's most comfortable for you:
arm raised in a waterfall
or stretched on a flower bed.
Examine your breasts
like a handful of feathers.
God it is who speaks through your fingers
with power to probe for a hard button,
a marble in a pillow of rice. God,
who imbues your diagnostic digits
with wisdom. Still to restore
peace, lift from us again, this month,
the burden of not knowing.
I took the line "like a handful of feathers" from the comments section at ReadWritePoem.org. That line was contributed by Joanna Preston. For the rest of the poem, I took my inspiration from the ear-nose-throat specialist's waiting room, while my husband had a follow-up appointment about his allergies. "Examine your breasts" comes from a poster about breast self-exams. The phrases "God it is," "and lift from us," "Still to restore" and "power to probe" came from a poem called "The Choice" that hung on the wall. It was a poem about how doctors get their skills from God and asking the reader to pray for them. No author was listed.
Inspiration can come from anywhere.