9:04 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Queen singing We Are the Champions — gets the blood going, it does
Hello, everyone. Ready for a little reading? This prompt requires a bit, but I have found you a good source place to make that part easy. Many of you will have read the mythological Labours of Hercules at some point, probably middle school, or you may have read Agatha Christie’s The Labours of Hercules, a slim volume of Hercule Poirot short stories, wherein he chooses his last twelve cases based on each Labour from the myth.
We have choices. They pretty much all require reading the mythical tales and Wikipedia, bless its heart, has a nice short, easy version. When you arrive on the page, you will see the Labours listed. If you are in a hurry, click on the one that stirs a tickle in your mind. Otherwise, read, or skim, the myths. As you do so, let your brain run a commentary, and jot down anything — anything — that pops up.
When Poirot chooses his last cases based on the myths, he picks them because he sees a link (note: I am trying not to use the word metaphor, which sends some of you screaming for the hills). For example, one mythical labour is about a Nemean lion. Poirot’s case involves Pekingeses, the lion dogs of China. You are looking for your own interpretations. They can have to do with the title of the myth, or the story. The links can be as tenuous as you like. If your mind thought it, based on your reading, it’s valid.
You can stick with a single myth, or do a mashup.
You can write an original poem, or a found one.
You can make a list of your own twelve Labours and then create a poem with one of them.
You can write about a current event through the lens of one of the Labours.
If your brain is resisting, consider the original meaning of labour: strive, exert oneself, suffer, be in distress, to work out, toil, work. You get the idea; labouring is something that involves a level of difficulty [and no fun]. Use this as a starting point.
I tend to forget, but if you have questions, for Heaven’s sake, ask. Go forth and labour mightily. I shall see you Thursday for links; Friday for the last introductions of the prompt sites we use (we have a newcomer); and next Tuesday for a borrowed prompt.
Happy writing, all.