8:01 a.m. — Atlanta
Hello everyone! I am back from five days of rides and walking, down at Disney World. Epcot was having an international food/wine/beer festival so we visited twice. Universal’s Hogwarts is all it should be, and the butterbeer, heaven. Now for a related prompt.
Think back to your earliest memory of participation in a circus, a fair, or a theme park, like Disney. By participation I mean a single act, a game, or a ride, something that can be isolated as a focus. You may have several memories jostling. Jot them all down in a list and as you jot make notes of details that pop into your head, especially sensory imagery.You want to put us in the moment.
Make notes until no more memories surface. Pick one moment of participation: playing a sideshow game; riding on a carousel; caught up in the suspense of a trapeze artist. Freewrite the story of that moment, everything you can pull from your memory bank.
That’s the easy part. I want to add a challenge. I want you to choose a form that matches what you are writing about. Does the unfolding movement of an etheree suit your choice? Or, the narrative + oblique comment of a haibun? Or, the rhythmic weaving of a ballad? Remember the ghazal? Okay, okay, I won’t push my luck.Consider the villanelle; consider any of the forms that use repetition.
When writing a poem, form is always a factor. If you find a form that matches, or equals, the content of the poem, your communication, or sharing, of the experience is that much stronger. And, yes, before you ask, free-verse might be what your poem calls for, in which case, write free-verse. But, the challenge is still there…
We have several new guests, so a reminder of how this works. You can write and post your poem[s] at any time. I never close the post. The later you are means you chance me being the only reader. If that doesn’t bother you, post whenever. I love reading your work. Post a link, or the poem, in comments. Readers: if you have the time, go back a week, or two, and check to see if there are poems to read, before you move on.
I shall see you Friday for the roundup of this week’s prompts; and, next Tuesday, for a poem with strict guidelines. Uh oh.
Happy writing, all.