Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 25 ... NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day 2017


April 5/6 gone . . . 0.833333333333333333333 . . . etc.

Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: “In 1958, the philosopher/critic Gaston Bachelard wrote a book called The Poetics of Space, about the emotional relationship that people have with particular kinds of spaces — the insides of sea shells, drawers, nooks, and all the various parts of houses. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that explores a small, defined space — it could be your childhood bedroom, or the box where you keep old photos. It could be the inside of a coin purse or the recesses of an umbrella stand. Any space will do — so long as it is small, definite, and meaningful to you.”

Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day Two-for-Tuesday prompt: (1) “Write a love poem. The poem could be about lovers, but also the love of family, love between friends, or even loving your job, chocolate, or music. Or . . .” (2) “Write an anti-love poem. Maybe you’re a hater; that’s fine. We’ve got the anti-love poem prompt for you.”

First up is Alan, merging today's prompts.

Cigar Box

It had dovetail joints — it was made
for a finer brand of cigars, but it was not
special — there were hundreds of them,
and the King Edward cigar plant
in my hometown was happy to let
our elementary school class have them.
We spread newspapers on our desks,
and Mrs. Trimble, the only single mother
I knew at the time, showed us how
to brush varnish on the outside,
to move the banded clasps to assure
that every outside surface got two coats.
Although the clasps were a little rusty,
they held the wooden lids secure,
each hinge square and fit enough
to have preserved some of the rich
tobacco smell that we associated
with Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The next day, we each cut green felt
to fit and glued it to the bottom inside
surface of the box. Mrs. Trimble knew
something about children and boxes,
how a special box could make any content
a treasure. I kept mine many years
and think it had some trading cards,
some nesting dolls shaped like penguins,
some plastic Disney figures, and a wallet
portrait of Christana Ellison, aqua cateye
frames, ribboned pigtails, and puffed
white blouse sleeves under her blue jumper.

—Draft by Thomas Alan Holmes    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]

And here's my fairy tale about a beautiful wooden house and the creature who lives there, blending all three prompts.

Gibson

was a little invisible sprite, three inches tall,
who lived inside a guitar. This small ghost
named himself after the guitar, a Gibson

acoustic that looked just like a house within,
A shapely wooden enclosure, curved walls,
that smelled like poplar sawdust and sun.

Gibson loved it when the guitar's owner
would strum and play. Chords raining down
in the house through the roof's round hole.

What Gibson did not love were scales.
Notes rising and falling like wheeling bats
in predictable patterns, so damn boring.

But Gibson knew the owner also hated scales,
and so he felt most at one with the guitarist
during those interminable intervals, knowing

sweet true music would soon return. Bliss.

—Draft by Vince Gotera    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]

The impressive view inside a Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar — Gary Deacon Blog

Friends, won’t you comment, please? Love to know what you’re thinking. To comment, look for a red line below that starts Posted by, then click once on the word comments in that line. If you don’t find the word “comments” in that line, then look for a blue link below that says Post a comment and click it once. Thanks!

Ingat, everyone.   


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4 comments:

Kathleen said...

Delightful combinations, Vince. Thank you. It reminds me of your origin poem for the Reeds and Rushes--Pitch, Buzz, and Hum anthology of the little people inside the bamboo in "Born from Bamboo."

Vince Gotera said...

Nice of you to say, Kathleen. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I love the photo as much as the poem. Have you ever been to the Kimmel Center in Philly (home of the Philadelphia Orchestra)? The concert hall looks like the inside of a violin. (I wrote about it a couple of April PADs ago.)

Bruce Niedt said...

P.S.: That was my "anonymous" comment above, Vince. (Must have hit the wrong button.)

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