Followed the NaPoWriMo.net suggestion today to write a paragraph that briefly recounts a story, describes the scene outside your window, or even gives directions from your house to the grocery store. Then, build a poem by erasing words from this paragraph or, alternatively, use the words of your paragraph to build a new poem. I did a quick free write about the view from my window, and then cherry-picked words to make a new poem.
Light slaps the deck,
highlights the cracks in the paint.
Dusting of dirt and grit,
dried leaves wedged
between the boards.
Sunglasses sky —
snow threat forgotten, for now.
At the top of a bare elm, magpie surveyor.
We both stare at that mound of dirty ice.
Some things will be gone
before day’s end.