Monday, April 26, 2010

NaPoWriMo #26: Overheard Conversations

Today I used the Readwritepoem prompt which was to take the first thing said to me after reading the prompt and use it to spark a poem. Except that I was at the computer, and when I did later join the rest of the family for dinner, I forgot to note the conversation. When I remembered, the first two things that I noted were "It's a post-extinction burst" (a psychology term that the speaker later admitted was slightly mangled) and "What shall I do with my hair?" References to both these phrases turn up in the last stanza.

The form of this poem owes something to the ghazal, although once again I have taken it rather loosely.

(All NaPoWriMo poems have now been removed for possible editing and submissions. Contact me if you would like to read them.)


Kay Cooke said...

Another poem that works beautifully within the constraints placed upon it - so that it becomes a frame for a wonderful, original painting.

Ron. said...


Dan said...

It makes wonderful tinder.

ViV said...

My mum had her hair cut off at 19 (in 1925) and I still have the plait, in perfect condition.

I particularly liked the line:
"We would be glad of a shirt made of hair." - Napowrimo - a hair shirt?