It’s NaPoWriMo Day 20 — the 2/3 mark, the most-of-the-month-is-behind-you mark, the how-can-May-possibly-be-as-fulfilling-as-all-this mark.
Today, I’m using my phone-a-friend prompts at Kelli’s blog. Prompt #26 (there are 30 of them; I’m completing them in reverse) is this: Grab the local paper or go online and choose a headline from the science or lifestyle section of the newspaper. Write a poem with that as the title.
I started writing only to realize I was destined to beat volcano metaphors to death if I didn’t mix it up, so I turned to my journal and found a phrase that I had written down recently: “Can you be good enough to get to heaven?” (from a sign in front of a church) and notes about the following: impatiens (“touch-me-nots”), capuchin monkeys and clams (from the series Life), an erection (don’t ask) and a screen door.
My journal is a strange little beasty. If it is at all a reflection of my mind, we are all in a bit of trouble.
REMOVED BY THE AUTHOR FOR REVISION.
Forcing the capuchin in there seems artificial, but I like the comparison to what he does with the clam to what goes on with the Earth to what goes on in bed. Upon revision, I hope to make him a more natural part of this. Likewise with the final stanza. Sometimes the multi-source mix-up works; sometimes it struggles.
Tally: 22.0 = 7.0 RWP + 12.0 PAD + 3.0 Book of Kells. (Target is now 32.)