Day Nine. Number nine, number nine, number nine. I wonder who owns that song now? Maybe Michael Jackson's kids? Anyway, on to today's official (but optional) prompts.
Robert Lee Brewer suggests a "shelter poem" (Poetic Asides). Maureen Thorson's prompt comes from Bruce Niedt: "take any random song play list (from your iPod, CD player, favorite radio station, Pandora or Spotify, etc.) and use the next five song titles on that randomized list in a poem" (NaPoWriMo).
Incidentally, Bruce Niedt, who suggested today's NaPoWriMo prompt, has been mashing up Thorson's and Brewer's prompts like I do. Might be fun to check out his blog Orangepeel.
Okay, here's my mash-up of Maureen's and Robert's prompts: a "shelter poem" incorporating five song titles gleaned, in order, from Pandora. The poem uses the hay(na)ku tercet form: one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third, with good, productive line breaks, one hopes.
Oye Como Va
The song titles from Pandora were "Between Tears" by Johannes Linstead, "Oye Como Va" by Santana, "Jardin" by Strunz and Farah, "Fairytale Moon" by Armik, and "I Speak Your Language" by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. The phrases "fairytale moon" and "jardin" (Spanish for "garden") set the tone and scene. The Spanish sentence "Oye como va" (listen how it goes) took the place of the customary "once upon a time." At first, I thought the princess and the prince would say "I speak your language" to each other until I got to thinking about the aftermath of a fairy tale: who is devastated by the ending? Cinderella's stepmom and stepsisters, for example. The wolf, in many tales. Witches, often.
And now Alan's intro to his poem for Day Nine: "I decided to attempt today's 'official' writing prompt from the NaPoWriMo.net site — where you take the titles of the first five songs on a streaming site and incorporate them into a poem. I tuned into my "Steve Earle" station on iRadio, and the five songs I got, in order, were Alexi Murdoch's "Orange Sky," The Avett Brothers' "Heart Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise," Gillian Welch's "Look at Miss Ohio," Bruce Springsteen's "Human Touch," and Jamestown Revival's "California (Cast Iron Soul)." Did I panic? Nearly, given my tendency to write narrative poems, but I was working hard, and some ingenuity helped me to think of a situation where I could put these titles together, and, then, once I found a voice for that situation, I came up with something. I hope you all will enjoy.
Wonderful, Alan. I particularly like how each of the phrases "look at Miss Ohio" and "human touch" got split, each ending up in different sentences. And also how "Miss Ohio" became, rather than a title, a verb and a noun. Brilliant! I especially liked Dad saying "Be sure to check your oil!" I don't remember my dad saying that but it is my mantra — learned the hard way, in several cars.
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Ingat, everyone. And be sure to check your oil! ヅ
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