Day 18 . . . 3/5 of the way done with National Poetry Month. Sad a little but also glad for the poems that are happening.
Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: "Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates ‘the sound of home.’ Think back to your childhood, and the figures of speech and particular ways of talking that the people around you used, and which you may not hear anymore. My grandfather and mother, in particular, used several phrases I’ve rarely heard any others say, and I also absorbed certain ways of talking living in Charleston, South Carolina that I don’t hear on a daily basis in Washington, DC. Coax your ear and your voice backwards, and write a poem that speaks the language of home, and not the language of adulthood, office, or work."
Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD prompt: "Another Monday, eh? For some, Mondays equate to ‘back to the office’ day. For today’s prompt, write an office poem. Maybe this is related to your work, but maybe this is a poem at a dentist’s office, doctor’s office, bank office, office in a car factory, or some other type of office."
I've written a kennings poem on this topic. You may recall I wrote one of these on the 14th. Not really mixing the prompts as much as merging the two settings suggested. Kennings poems are usually riddles but this one is more of a meditation.
Home Office in a Bus
Jed went "rogue" today, not going with the prompts. He wrote this poem before he saw the prompts and thought he better not push his luck today, as his first couple of lines here suggest.
Alan merges the prompts today with an evocation of how men talk at work, a memory of the "sound of home." The poem is also a wonderfully observant character study.
Sarah is going "rogue" today . . . off the prompts.
Ven today tells the story of his home, his office, his home/office.
I had a home-office once.
Thanks for the excellent poems today. And thanks for reading our work, everyone!
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