7:41 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Babel sung by Mumford & Sons: one of those rare singers to whose voice I have a visceral reaction [that’s a good thing]
Hello, my chickadees. There is grumbling in the ranks. Prompts too complex? Hmm. You forget I have been with you awhile and know of what you are capable [you like the proper use of preposition?]. However, as I am in a dry period and my brain appears to have gone walkabout, as well, let’s try some single word prompts, as I know you like them.
This week we have stem, a word that manages to go in several directions, including being an antonym of itself. The word stems from [snicker] the base word ‘-sta’ — the upright part, the part that “stands” up — and descends through the Germanic and Norse languages. Therein lies the difference in meanings.
From its Germanic ancestry we get the stem we associate with holding something up, or together, the stem of a flower, of a watch winder, the bow of a boat, the part of the wine glass we hold, or the part of the pipe put in the mouth.
We also have the meaning to arise, or emanate from, as in Their protest stemmed from the lack of coffee in the early hours.
From the Old Norse we have the meaning of stopping something, of holding back the tide, some kind of onslaught, or just slowing oneself down while skiing.
For the entirety of possibilities head over to my favourite web-based dictionary.
The poem: Again, many possibilities. You can write about something that has one of the meanings as its thread, or main focus.
You can include the word, but you don’t have to. You can write a poem that revolves around one of the meanings without ever mentioning ‘stem’.
You can write a poem that uses the word with two different meanings. If you don’t mention the word, you might even write a poem that involves several meanings of ‘stem’.
You can look at the synonyms and select a half-dozen to use in a poem.
You can write of a memory that stems [it’s the most logical word, k?] from something I have written about ‘stem’ or something you read over at thefreedictionary should you wander over there.
I want poems, people. It’s the third week in January and you need to start gearing up for April. I shall see you Friday for the week’s roundup of prompts; and next Tuesday for an image prompt.
Happy writing, all.