12 November 2010

November 2010 Poem A Day Challenge - Day 12

Poetic Asides:
For today's prompt, write a "forget what they say" poem. To do this, you could take a familiar saying and spin it on its head. Or comfort someone who's being told they can't do something. Or have the narrator of the poem pledge not to listen to the crowd. Or forget what I've said here, and do it your own way.
I’ve got to tell you, this prompt left me blank. I looked at it, mulled it over, and came up with nothing. So I closed out of it and left it for a few hours hoping things would improve with age. It didn’t. The fault was with me, everything I came up with seemed too mundane, or clichéd. So I stepped back from it again and tucked “forget what they say” into the brain recycler. Around and around it went, cozying up to those damned clichés again.

I finally took Robert’s advice at the end of the prompt and did it my own way, and wrote a poem about forgetting—the way I can forget who I’m talking to, who they are, where I’ve seen them before—and my frantic attempts to coax a name out of my befuddled brain, which usually ends in failure.

Speaking of endings, I haven’t been happy with the conclusion of most of the poems I’ve written for the Challenge. Then again, I suppose that’s something to address in the editing process. Note to self: Punch up those endings!

A poem, a haiku and a tanka later, Day 12 is done.

11/12 TALLY
Poems - 1
Haiku - 1
Tanka - 1

To Date Total
Poems - 19
Haiku - 13
Tanka - 29


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