#NaPoWriMo #April #2023
And now for today’s (optional) prompt! The Romanian-born poet Paul Celan once wrote a series of surrealist questions and answers. Here are a couple of examples:
What is forgetting?
An unripe apple stabbed by a spear.
What is a tear?
A scale awaiting a weight.
Today’s prompt asks you to begin by picking 5-10 words from the following list. Next, write out a question for each word that you’ve selected (e.g., what is seaweed?)
Now for each question, write a one-line answer. Try to make the answer an image, and don’t worry about strict logic. These are surrealist answers, after all!
After you’ve written out your series of questions and answers, place all the answers, without the questions, on a new page. See if you can make a poem of just the answers. You may find that what you have is very beautifully mysterious, and somehow has its own logic.
❤️After writing out the questions and answers, then removing the questions, I was not happy with the order of the lines. So I swapped them around, tweaked a few words and now I have a poem that makes sense to me if not to anyone else! As I chose 9 words they fit nicely into tercets. Great prompt which I will use again!❤️
Mother natue's displeasure,
Of the earth, used to ward off evil.
It is a living, flowing, elemental, source of life.
Where I am plucked from the depths of despair.
I am mercurial.
Words that float around us like ripe fruit ready to be picked.
Songs are silver threads, magick spells, and stories.
Something not of this world,
Our haven, our home, the Summerlands.
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