Day 1: National Poetry Month

As promised, I posted a new writing prompt to Journally to kick of National Poetry Month today. I’m hoping to post a new prompt every day for the month of April. I’m hoping to keep it just weird enough to keep even me interested. You can follow the prompts on the Journally site or on the Facebook page.

Today’s prompt is “Even gravity has no hold on the foolishness of my…”

Here’s what I did with it:

Even gravity has no hold on the foolishness of my malcontent,
anxiety climbing like a cat toward the shrill mockingbird
it both stalks and fears, anxiety like the mockingbird’s song
falling in all directions at once. What goes up must come down,
they say, but how to measure which is which when you
have no point of origin?

I know I don’t have the time or the mental energy to write a poem a day for April as many of my poet friends are doing. I can provide some prompts, though, and I can write some pieces of poems. The value of writing a piece of a poem every day is so often underrated. Those over-achievers who write whole poems daily are just going to end up cutting 2/3s of what they write before they’re finished revised anyway. 🙂

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