listening to Ka ‘Opihi O Kanapou sung by Keali Reichel
Hello, everyone. It’s another grey and rainy day. I hope someone is building an ark. While I wait to find out, let’s talk about superstitions. It’s a rare person who doesn’t have one. You might think you don’t, but think on it a while.
Do you always wear the same thing to a job interview because it was lucky the first time? Do you have a sneaking preference for not flying on Friday the 13th? How about the spilled salt you just threw over your shoulder? Do you have a lucky penny? In fact, is there anything you do repeatedly because you consider it lucky? Well, then.
Superstition is defined as:
An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome. If that black cat crosses in front of me, I shall have to reschedule the appointment.
A belief, practice, or rite irrationally maintained by ignorance of the laws of nature or by faith in magic or chance. I always see a black cat with that woman. Maybe, she’s a witch.
A fearful or abject state of mind resulting from such ignorance or irrationality. When I see the woman, from now on, I’ll detour around the block. I don’t want bad luck.
Anytime you associate a new behaviour with luck, good or bad, you are developing a superstition, something that controls your behaviour rather than the other way around. For a poem you have several choices.
You might write about a superstition you have.
Or, write about the topic of superstition from a defined point of view.
Or, write a poem defending a specific superstition.
Or, write a list poem of superstitions.
Or, write a creation myth for a specific superstition.
Or, whatever popped into your mind on starting this post.
Why didn’t I post this at Halloween? Because, I tend to buck the system and because we don’t have superstitions only at Halloween. Halloween is one giant collection of superstitions.
I shall see you Thursday for something [I know. I’ll have to decide soon.]; Friday for the week’s prompt roundup; and next Tuesday for a borrowed prompt.
Happy writing, all.