The end of the poem-a-day challenge is near, and I realize I’ve been avoiding the “form” prompts all month. So today I decided to give it a go, combining the tritina challenge at This Is Not A Literary Journal with the Poetic Asides suggestion to write an “Important ______ ” poem. Got a little sappy with this one, as is often the case in my first drafts, but in the spirit of the PAD challenge, I’m posting it anyway.
Important Moments in History
Starting small in a city so big,
bachelor suite, in a muddle of buildings that blocked the sun.
My hand-carved table and your vintage Pepsi cooler, sharing the room.
From the dirty window of the hospital room,
you looked for proof of something this big.
A photo of the rising sun.
We bulged like the sun,
finding ways to make a little more room.
The space a child fills is infinitely big.
This house isn’t big, but there’s sun in every room.
Today’s emphasis on what’s important reminded me of the wonderful, tongue-in-cheek poem, simply titled “Poetry” by Marianne Moore.
A week into the challenge, and I’m still hanging on. Some days the right words (or at least the right ones for the moment…) have come easier than others. Whether they enter the world racing like a hare or plodding like a tortoise, at least there’s something new for me to play with and polish.
Today’s prompt from Poetic Asides was to write an Urban _____ poem. I wouldn’t normally choose a title like this, but I’m sticking to the rules for this one.
2 a.m. —
the last bus
shrieks at the drunk girls.
a woman’s staccato steps
stutter over broken glass.
two rats make peace
for the pizza crust
Something is always
awake and tossing,
Over at This Is Not A Literary Journal, the prompt asks poets to go outside, observe and write. I think this is always a great way to get ideas stirring, and I hope I can find a few minutes to do it today.
The NaPoWriMo site suggested trying a Tritina. I wasn’t familiar with this form, which reads like a sestina, only in threes. But after reading a few samples online, including the beautiful example piece by David Yezzi, I am now a fan. I find following a form to be extra challenging, but also rewarding when it works. Bookmarking this to try later. Maybe I can use all those lovely outdoor observations for inspiration.