NaPoWriMo: Day 20

Poetry prompt: Recycle

This one is similar to the previous, but it refers to your own writing. Find something that you wrote long time ago, when you were in a different mood, influenced by other circumstances and give your writing a make-over. Use your own writing as an inspiration for your new poem, dress it in new words, develop stanzas out of sentences and see where it takes you.

What’s the color of pain?
Is it yellow? For long time I thought it was yellow!
You know the yellow pain you have when Sun bursts into your eyes and skin
wanting to become dark red, like squished cherry tomato, but no..it stays yellow!
Or like the pricking lemon juice in your mouth and your tongue just absorbs icy breath.
Or is it blue? Like the mirror of my body in the near puddle before I carelessly stumble in it?

I would like it to be…like to be..green! Why green?
Because it reminds of grass blades in my hair when we played in the woods last summer.
But this pain, is just hollow, transparent lost in between days
of meaningless things, searching for its color, hoping to find rainbow you took away.


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NaPoWriMo: Day 19

Poetry prompt: Reduce

Try to find a poem that you dislike, that you feel negative about and simply wreck it! That’s right: tear it apart! I don’t mean tearing the physical paper, but omit, reduce, erase, everything from the poem you don’t like and use it as the basis for writing a new one – in a way that feels and sounds right to you. This little, simple exercise can be really helpful later in your own writing.

If starry space no limit knows
And sun succeeds to sun,
stars are born and stars die
‘Mid countless constellations cast
just only one from you and me
moonly and dearly
to frame our destiny.

Just think! A million gods or so
will play in fortune telling game,
how long shall our love last
the Deity supreme.
It’s the only true God that exists
govern by feelings, never left for redeem.

For look! Within my hollow hand,
I hold a single grain of sand
minuscule, pointless but vast
huge in the airy dust
With each kiss earth is shaking

always new shapes making
with each breath and each touche
new prayer to the sky
to Love Divine – as such.

*adapted from Robert William Service poem ‘A Grain of Sand’.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 18

Poetry prompt: Reuse

your old books, magazines or even shopping receipts and try to create new poem. It can be similar to collage, but this time try to focus specifically on words and create your poem out of them. Play with words. Try different arrangements.


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NaPoWriMo: Day 17

Poetry prompt: In between rhyme

I suggest you start with an internal rhyme like:

I try to write, remembering your kiss as you held me tight.
‘Type, type!’ I say to myself; ‘Don’t get fooled by a sentimental hype!’

So, you see the first and the last word in the stanza rhymes, giving the verses completely new feel and meaning to the written sentence.

For your exercise, you can call to mind an issue you have and pick one word of your own interest (it might be connected to a topic you are writing on, project you are working on or any other word that ‘bugs’ you somehow).Write in flow, without too much thinking – just try to follow this one simple rule; don’t pay attention to the logic or the meaning behind your verses; use simple facts about the situation, what you think, what others might think, what you could try or what you already did, what could be holding you back and other thoughts related to the issue.

Leaving this place opens sudden emptiness
seeing with new eyes in search for forgotten happiness.

Until I encounter needed courage
I fill my heart with hope and time is forged

carved in words, written by poets of the world:
Starved for missing verbs I wait for love that is hidden and furled

under rocks of wrong, deceitful demand,
wonder yet to be discovered in unrevealed land.


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NaPoWriMo: Day 16

Poetry prompt: Catch new ideas while redefining the obvious

You pick one word – it can be a word related to your current project you are working on or just some random word you find interesting, attractive or annoying. The purpose of the exercise is in your own words to write down general definition, widely accepted meaning of the word.

Sound of you

the plates are rattling at the kitchen table
as water rustles in the sink.
Soft rubbing of a tea towel prevents water dripping.

Pattering, sputter of a shoelace on the wooden floor
and hurry of a zipper.

Silence.

Sudden kiss on my ear like soft touch of a Tinker Bell.
That’s the sound of you.


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NaPoWriMo: Day 15

Poetry prompt: Dare to compare!

Everyone once in a while faces a challenging situation to solve some problem, find an answer to a question; brainstorm an innovative idea. And that got me thinking: what if we challenge ourselves even more? What would happen with our creative flow? Now, I’m not thinking about putting pressure on ourselves, yet we all know we can ‘move’ ourselves towards productive creativity through certain exercises, but creativity is still kind of unpredictable. What I mean by challenge, I mean challenging us by comparing the problem to something else.

In poetry is very well known technique called similes. Its purpose is to compare two things, so examples of simile poems include any poem that makes comparisons using the words “like” or “as.” Two things compared don’t have to be alike (in poetry usually they are not), and they create different images in our mind, making correlations and connections that doesn’t actually exist.

So for this exercise your goal is to use at least one simile in your poem.

Threads

Some threads are broken.
Some threads forgotten.
I am a kitten lying in wicker basket
and I sharpen my clutches.

I want to scratch the sky and catche
a white mice, dragging his daily tail
upon me, always one mile ahead.
I am an owl with wide open eyes
reaching for higher branch with each
midnight hour. Insomniatic heart beats,
dances as dawn approaches. Feathered
in dim lights of a distant city, dusted
with each unspoken breath, space opens
up for rusted wings.

I am a jelly fish, transparent and naked
easy to read like an open book,
hooked by the rustling waves in melancholy
of dark freedom.

Somewhere, there is a shore
with purple sands, forming and erasing all
imagined threads, forming
new ones, under the vaults
of pesky fins, leaking like
sour milk from a plastic tin.


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NaPoWriMo: Day 14

Poetry prompt: Play with the “what if” clause

Take your problem or writing idea and try to look at it from the “What would happen if….?” point of view. It’s a great way for creativity “spikes” that we all need when we feel stuck and lack inspiration. It’s also a great starter for your writing of a poem, story and will initiate many new creative thoughts to come forth.

What if?

Your dreamy face floats on my pillow.
With smile, it makes me wonder:

What if I am your morning shower?
I would relentlessly bath you in
sparkling silver water, pour over your masculine body
and search for the tiniest pores on your firm skin
to get forever lost in you.

What if I am the button on your shirt?
I would be the one, resting on your chest,
one that listens to whispers of your heart,
and sometimes bounces, jumps and shakes
in the rhythm of your loud, silly laugh.

What if I am your evening glass of wine?
I would caress your lips with shiny kisses
and be the one red drop that tickles your tongue
and inebriates your senses.

What if you and me,
two clenched and shriveled bodies
stay forever locked in this moment?


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NaPoWriMo: Day 13

Poetry prompt: Limit yourself on purpose

This might sound strange at first but when you think about it- it might be true. Often we try to find the solutions to new problems by exploring already familiar models and build our new denouement on old foundations. Furthermore, when we have too many options or resources, we try to incorporate everything and unnecessarily over-complicate solution we are seeking. When we put restrictions on what we can use and what path we should follow, it can actually boost our creative thinking. Here I suggest you improvise a bit with your solution, tackle it from different perspective and simplify your approach. It can be that final “click” you need in your mind to move thinking in right direction. For this prompt, challenge yourself to write a story consisting of only 140 characters, using key words that are crucial for your project, idea or writing. Than you can continue your writing from there in the same fashion, you can tweet about it, play with it and see how it goes. The important thing is to train our mind to work at defined conditions and limited resources.

Spring thunderstorm electrifies the sky above us –
just as the warmth of your hand

my heart.


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NaPoWriMo: Day 12

Poetry prompt: Dive in the absurd

In the paper “Connections From Kafka: Exposure to Meaning Threats Improves Implicit Learning of an Artificial Grammar” authors argue that experiencing (reading, hearing or seeing) something absurd like surreal art or literature can increase pattern recognition of association unrelated to the original meaning threat. In other words, mind always tries to justify, explain what it experiences and “nonsense” art forces mind in faster mode of thinking to recognize what body senses.

So for today’s challenge give your attention to something abstract, surreal. You can visit an art exhibition, read an abstract poem or story and let your mind drift, loosen up from everything you were trying to accomplish. Let your mind “recharge” this way.

Me and the dragon

Two-faced, stringy dragon is sitting on my lap.
A mignonette, a pretend-to-breathe skeleton
with sharp tail and closed eyes.

If I open its mouth shall I find
a jar full of golden coins or flickering
tongue will burn as expected?

With bowed head I shake my new toy,
deflating its empty entrails, frittering
with my small fingers still smiling doll.

Playful eye, khaki button dropped off
facetiously rolling on the carpet.
Precious in appearance, yet deceitful
the first lesson in what real treasure
was over.

 


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NaPoWriMo: Day 11

Poetry prompt: Acrostic

Write a poem, where the first letter of the verse in the poem spells out a word you choose, subject, and message. You can go even further: write a poem where each starting letter of the line is a consecutive letter of the alphabet, from A to Z.

In poetry it is called acrostic technique and poets frequently use it while experimenting with their own writing.

Poetry is everywhere

Pivotal question
Often stays unanswered:
Even when you
Think you know it all.
Reason tries to rationalize
You, me and all there is.

Intricate words of language
Still firmly wait to be

Expelled out of the mouth of the world
Visioning beauty
Emanating joy, while
Reason yet still alone
Yellow with envy
Wants its explanation.
How am I to discern these words to you?
Even when I force
Reason to
Evaporate and let the words mitigate?


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