Below is the prompt I chose this week. I selected the final one in the list of 11 as the jumpstart for my own poem. Although a three-liner, my poem is not intended as a haiku. However, I am currently reading a book that I think absolutely informed and inspired my poem this week. Here, then, is a bow to the book.......
The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life, by John Daido Loori.
Selected prompt:Sarah J. Sloat has a wonderful prompt for you; it’s bound to get you going! She says:
I’m partial to the tried-and-true prompt that calls for starting a poem with a line written by another poet. For this go-round, it would be interesting to see what poets can launch using a line from Norman Dubie.
In his poems, Norman Dubie tells stories, sets scenes and paints landscape, sometimes lush and sometimes wretched. His writing is sure and vivid, and his language is beautiful. As you’ll see below, his similes are incomparable. If forced to compare him with anyone, I’d be more likely to pick a painter than another writer.
For this prompt, take a Dubie line to jumpstart a poem of your own. Your poem should be titled “Poem Starting with a Line from Norman Dubie.”
I offer a menu of possible first lines below:
[I am including only the one I selected. See full list here.]
- The pearl slapdash of the moon is on the water.
Virgin River Zion National Park by James Crotty
Poem Starting with a Line from Norman Dubie
The pearl slapdash of the moon is on the water.
The pearl flipflash of a trout's tail sends silvery echoes.
Pearl ripplemash of foam finds the river bank, waves to the moon.
~by MLM Lydia ©