Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! It’s Day 25 of NaPoWriMo, and it’s hard to believe that there’s only five days left of the month! Today was another busy day, but I did get something written – and to NaPoWriMo’s prompt, which was to choose a first line (or any line) of a poem, and start your own poem with that. I chose Alice Friman‘s line “coming through the window. Sing me a stanza” from her poem “The Trouble With Nightingales,” found in her book Zoo. My poem is brief, but it’s here. I may expand on it later…or tinker with what I have later. I don’t hate it. Here is my poem, “Deciphering Birdsong,” and the NaPoWriMo prompt used, and then the April PAD Challenge prompt:
(After Alice Friman)
coming through the window. Sing me a stanza,
I need to hear your lengthy tweets, so that I
can define them into my own wordsongs,
and finally discover the secret code of love.
The Day 25 NaPoWriMo Prompt:
Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that begins with a line from a another poem (not necessarily the first one), but then goes elsewhere with it. This will work best if you just start with a line of poetry you remember, but without looking up the whole original poem. (Or, find a poem that you haven’t read before and then use a line that interests you). The idea is for the original to furnish a sort of backdrop for your work, but without influencing you so much that you feel stuck just rewriting the original!. For example, you could begin, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” or “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,” or “I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster,” or “they persevere in swimming where they like.” Really, any poem will do to provide your starter line – just so long as it gives you the scope to explore.
The Day 25 April PAD Challenge prompt:
For today’s prompt, write an exercise poem. The poem could be about a specific exercise, or it could just incorporate exercising into the poem. Or it could be dedicated to a piece of exercise equipment–so an ode to an elliptical machine or those hand grippers or something. Of course, not every exercise is physical; there are military exercises, mental exercises, and so on.
If you get anything to share, post it in comments below!