8:20 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Wild World by Cat Stevens
Hello, everyone. Are you hanging in there? I hope so. How about a ramble through the books? This prompt turns up fairly regularly but in different forms. I’m going to mention several possibilities and there is always your possibility.
This day in history, whichever day you elect to research: you can pick randomly, or specifically. Randomly is with a ‘pin’; specific might be your birthday, April 1, the day something historical occurred, today… you can choose from many variables.
Once you have the day, you need to figure out a year. Again, it can be random, but we are going to throw a little twist in here and repeat the day over a span of years:
1] The span can be regular, say every five years [or every one hundred].
2] The span can be irregular, picking high-profile years, historically.
3] You might choose to look at what happens on the same date for several years in a row.
I would look at more years than you need, as you won’t know your thread until you see it, say ten. Jot notes about anything that strikes you, especially if you see a pattern developing. When you write the poem, the dates can play a part, but they don’t have to. You may pick up a truth you want to communicate that has nothing to do with dates. Go with it.
I’m going to give you a couple of links [after all, I am asking you to do some research!]:
1] Brainy History has a particularly easy and well-laid out page. They give links by months and by years to dates that are important.
2] The History Channel has a site that, while it’s not as user-friendly as the previous, is historically broad. Don’t be startled to hear a voice emerge. There is an ad/video at the top. When I visit, I automatically mute the thing.
3] The New York Times gives both a pick any date finder and a remarkable list of one event for each day of the year, for different years. Go look.
4] On This Day is more obviously U.S. directed, but divides by topic: music, sports, wars… so is worth a look if a thematic focus interests you.
Right, ready? Go to it and enjoy. I shall see you Friday for this week’s prompt roundups. Remember the names I gave you last week of returning sites? Well, we can add Donna to the list. She will once again grace the top of the board.
Happy writing, all.