NaPoWrimo Prompt for April 18, 2017April 17, 2017
DAY 18 – NaPoWriMo Prompt for Tuesday, April 18, 2017
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
– Langston Hughes
Welcome to Day 18. . .Hang in there… roll up the sleeves, hunker down. . .
Prompt 18 – Today’s prompt was suggested by Brendan McBreen:
Reinvent the wheel, write a poem that goes in a circle but takes you somewhere else. Begin and end the poem with the same line, however try to make it so the context of the poem changes the meaning of the first line by the time you get to the end.
“twice I have lived forever in a smile”
― E.E. Cummings
The Prompt for Day 16 suggested by Brendan was to Pick a random line from a book of poetry, write the opposite of this line. And then Use the opposite as your first line and the random line as your last and write the poem between.
Here’s the poem I wrote:
By Christopher J. Jarmick
No Light came through the window
Behind the curtain, outside of the glass
walls block out the sun.
Listen closely to what you don’t want to hear,
it is more important than hearing what you agree with.
We should spend a lifetime pursuing knowledge,
so that we have the experience and wisdom we need
to remember where the truth is hiding.
Being stubborn and set in your ways,
will not build bridges of compromise.
People of good character are not stubborn.
Now in marble at the Whitehouse
are words originally written by John Adams
in a letter he wote to his wife
on his first night as President:
May none but honest and wise men
rule under this roof.
Honesty before wisdom,
words before action.
Listen to ten words
before speaking one.
Learn from experience
at least enough
to avoid repeating mistakes.
Study the past.
What we don’t understand
We think we know
more than we do.
Keeping people apart
breeds fear and mistrust.
Together we work things out,
apart we hate.
When apartheid ended
the light came through the window *
(*from Love Itself by Leonard Cohen (Book of Longing)