Today’s prompt: Write a poem in the form of a poetry prompt. What? I resisted this prompt at first but got inspired by the examples by poet Mathias Svalina that Maureen provided us (https://www.napowrimo.net). My process for this draft was to blend a draft from last year’s challenge with this year’s and I had fun writing it! My effort follows:
Go to the underworld to find your poem.
Write a poem that requires you to go to the underworld.
First, wander aimlessly while suspicious characters loiter nearby.
Daydream and pay no attention to your inner guidance or
intuition. Think only of the poem you will find when you forget
that you have wisdom and go alone to dark and deserted places.
Then, don’t take your sisters or mother with you. Think boldly
that you know what you are doing. As you search the underworld
for that perfect poem, be slightly distracted by blue eyes and
brawn. Then, follow a desire to enter a Kiva and pray to the
goddess to guide you in this dark, misty place. Intent on,
no obsessed with, finding the poem, go deeper and deeper until
you lose sight of anything familiar. Evoke protection and
someone or something to lift you from the abyss and
back to the light. Clutch to your breast the
poem you have discovered!
Jacquelyn Markham (April 4, 2022)