Today I tried to blend two prompts, the first being “another word for salvation” and the second being to write a poem in the form of a prompt. Intriguing, right? The example given was by Mathias Svalina, who posts his surrealist prompt poems on Instagram. You can find examples here, and here, and here.
I am absolutely wild about this style of poem, and wish mine had turned out half as cool as his are, but I will share it anyway:
- In your notebook, with a black pen, write three words that remind you of salvation.
- Say them out loud.
- Tear them from the book, crumple or fold the paper, and offer it to the wind.
- Place your hand on your chest and feel
- it rise, as you suck a portion of that wind deep into your lungs.
- Think of the taste of an orange.
- Your eyes are shut, but you know there is sunlight because it is not completely dark.
- Not even in here.
- Think of the first time you made someone’s face blush with playful embarrassment or
- lust. Remember the first time it happened to you. If the memories match, you can hold
- on longer to that breath. If they don’t, you can too.
- Think of the sound of a closing door.
- Count backward from four as you release what you’re holding.
- The whisper over your lips is the poem.