15 November 2010

November 2010 Poem A Day Challenge - Day 15

Hey, halfway through the month and steadily poeming.

Here is today’s prompt from Poetic Asides:
For today's prompt, write a "just when you thought it was safe" poem. For instance, write a poem about the dangers of going off a diet just after hitting your goal weight, entering the water after it appears the killer shark has been caught (Jaws anyone?), or whatever else could offer a sneaky bit of danger. Of course, with only 15 days of poeming left, it's safe to assume you're going to finish this challenge--or is it?  

This prompt immediately conjured up all kinds of possibilities. It was harder to narrow down than I thought. I finally settled on the bliss of an anxiety free day, and the unrealistic expectation that the day would stretch into eternity. Of course when it doesn’t, things come crashing down again. 

The hard part of these prompts is how much detail and personal info to put in them. On one hand, the personal is one reason a lot of people read poetry – for that brief, intense glance into someone else’s world. How much of a glimpse do we let strangers have? If we don’t write honestly and forthrightly, it seems the poem suffers. 

I tried for a second one and have a half-realized idea that needs a lot more work before it grows up to be a poem. So it goes. 

Two haiku and three tanka today, none on the prompt, but most on the weather.

11/15 TALLY
Poems - 1.5
Haiku - 2
Tanka - 3

To Date Total
Poems - 23.5
Haiku - 18
Tanka - 33


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