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NaPoWrimo Prompt for April 18, 2017

April 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:

 

Light

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.

Read.

 

What we don’t understand

we fear.

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)

 

Keep Writing!

 

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E.E. Cummings

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