Day Two. Time goes on, doesn't it. And so do the poems. Let's get to the biz.
Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: “write a poem inspired by, or in the form of, a recipe! It can be a recipe for something real, like your grandmother’s lemon chiffon cake, or for something imaginary, like a love potion or a spell.”
Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD prompt: “write a ‘not today’ poem. Maybe it’s normal to give in to outside pressures, but not today. Or maybe you’re usually very disciplined in your health and wellness habits, but not today. Or maybe you struggle to write poems, but not today.”
Here's my attempt at merging the “recipe” and “not today” prompts, highlighting today's weather in my area with a couple of haiku.
Recipe for a Spring Day
Alan's poem today blends the prompts more subtly. And comes with an intro:
“Readers outside of academia should know that ‘ABD’ refers to ‘all but dissertation,’ or, commonly (and sometimes derisively) ‘all but done.’ The term refers to doctoral students who have completed all of their course work and tests but must complete their extended writing projects to fulfull the requirements of their doctoral programs. For many of us, this process results in a book-length project, usually not ready for publication but a major step towards it, often with parts of it salvaged, developed, and presented in expanded forms later. Sometimes, PhD students have life experiences that tear them away from those dissertations, and I can name at least five people who experienced these crises. There are some doctoral students, however, who get so hung up on the process and their realization that there is no possible way for them to offer a definitive answer to their theses that they persist in research past the point of getting any project completed.”
Man, that brings me back to my PhD student days
Brilliant poem, Alan. For those who keep track of poetics, this is a Petrarchan sonnet, a savvy choice for a poem about yearning.
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