On her blog, A Different Perspective, my friend Murisopsis laid down a challenge for National Poetry Month. Hers is easier than some I’ve seen as it requires the completion of only three prompts per week, which are announced at the beginning and can be completed in any order.
MURI’S NATIONAL POETRY MONTH WRITING CHALLENGE
1. Write a limerick.
2. Write a poem about the changing seasons
3. Write a poem about angels (any kind).
4. Write a concrete (shape) poem.
5. Write a poem about signs of spring.
6. Write a poem about dogs.
7. Write a Quatern.
8. Write 4 haiku about favorite foods.
9. Write an acrostic poem using an emotion.
10. Write a Blitz poem.
11. Channel your inner Doctor (Seuss, Who, Frankenstein, Doolittle, Zhivago, McCoy… your choice)
12. Write a list poem about clothes
13. Write a poem using all of the following words: crow, sparrow, snow, chapeau, below, ginkgo, shallow, and solo.
The rules are simple. Write 13 poems in 30 days (that comes out to one poem each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the month of April). You may complete the prompts in any order. Once written, post your poem on your blog and LEAVE MURI A COMMENT to let her know you have done so. The point of the exercise is to have fun and stretch your poetic muscles.
OK, Muri, I figured I would start with the most difficult prompt, which I determined to be #13. After I finished the poem, I realized it also fulfilled the criteria for #3 and #11. So it may be a bit of a cheat, but here is my poem for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of Week One:
The spinster next door
a disheveled old crow
pulls on her wool cap
the season’s chapeau
fills her pockets, dons
galoshes, sets off solo
trudging ‘n crunching
over late winter snow
Her size 9 footprints,
cocksure but shallow,
stop short at a bench
by a knobbled ginkgo
Birdseed is scattered
on the ground below,
one angel’s provision
for hungry sparrows
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