9:50 a.m. — Atlanta
back from the dentist and listening to Boy From New York City sung by The Manhattan Transfer
Hello! I am feeling energetic. I rarely feel energetic, so this is either the fact I got a B+ at the dentist, or Spring is here, in Atlanta. I have a gentle prompt for us today. While driving from Vermont to Boston last week (yes, we were in Boston for the mini-blizzard), we were listening to a channel for the 60s. As I listened to Turn! Turn! Turn! sung by The Byrds, it occurred to me that the lyrics would make a great prompt, fun even!
I have set the lyrics below, but removed the chorus.
There is a season
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.
You can approach the prompt in a couple of ways. Remember: the premise of the poem does not have to be something you agree with. Your speaker must have an opinion one way or the other, but it doesn’t have to be the same as yours.
1) Pick one and respond to its premise. It might be interesting to write a poem on ‘a time to kill’ or ‘a time to weep’.
2) You might want to write a poem whose theme is that you cannot have one side of anything without an opposite side to balance. Therefore, ‘a time to rend, a time to sew’ [which, until I saw it in print, I thought was sow].
3) You may decide to link a few: ‘a time to’ love, dance, embrace, or ‘a time to’ rend, break down, hate.
There are many combinations.
4)You can address the main theme: there is ‘a time to every purpose,’ and choose your own ‘there’s a time to _______’.
While you are pondering, you can listen to the song.
I shall see you Thursday for a grab bag of things; Friday for the Freeforall; and next Tuesday for a prompt from another source for you to try out.
Happy writing, all.