Welcome to our W3 Poetry Prompt, which goes live on Wednesdays at The Skeptic’s Kaddish.
You may click here for a fuller explanation of W3; but here’s the ‘tldr’ version:
The main ingredient of W3 is a weekly poem written by a Poet of the Week (PoW), which participants read before participating in the prompt.
The second ingredient is a writing guideline (or two) provided by the PoW. Guidelines may include, but are not limited to: word counts, poetic forms, inclusion of specific words, and use of particular poetic devices.
After five days, when the prompt closes, the PoW shall select one participant’s poem as the W3 prompt for the following week, and its author becomes the next PoW.
Simple enough, right?
Okie dokie ~ Let’s do this thing!
I. The prompt poem:
‘Of Eden, or: Paradise Lost’, a poem by Kerfe Roig
Once rampant with color, its fragrance long gone, the paint has dried into textured lines– afternoons of melodic stillness now mourned– decorative traces lost inside frozen time. The paint has dried into textured lines, ringed by the noise of questions unasked– decorative traces lost inside frozen time bleeding destruction we haven’t yet grasped, Ringed by the noise of questions unasked life is tenuous, scattered, emotions removed– bleeding destruction we haven’t yet grasped, as over and over we bandage the wounds. Life is tenuous, scattered, emotions removed, following roads that only disappear– over and over we bandage the wounds– the darkness rises, overwhelming with fear. Following roads that only disappear, like the garden once bursting with growth— the darkness rises, overwhelming with fear– sky is silent, empty, brittle as bones We lived in a garden bursting with growth, afternoons of melodic stillness, now mourned– sky is silent now, empty, brittle as bones– once rampant with color, its fragrance long gone.
II. Kerfe’s prompt guidelines
- Emily Dickinson famously wrote a poem that begins with the line: ‘Hope is the thing with feathers’;
- Begin your own poem with the words ‘Hope is…’ and see where it takes you.
III. Submit: Click on ‘Mr. Linky’ below
In order to participate and share a poem, open up this blog post, outside of the WordPress reader. At the bottom, just below these words, you will see a small rectangular graphic with the words ‘Mr Linky’. Click on that to submit.
Submissions are open for 5 days, until Monday, April 3, 10:00 AM (GMT+3)
Last week’s W3 poem
This week’s W3 prompt poem (above), composed by Kerfe, was written in response to last week’s W3 prompt poem, which Punam wrote:
‘Ode to my handmaiden’, a poem by Punam Sharma
As tears unbidden from my poor eyes fall I wipe them surreptitiously with your help sobs, suppressed smiles, snot; you have seen ’em all your wee bit does effortlessly emotions schlep from covering heads to wiping sweat from the Grecian times to the Victorian and the present an integral part of dressing you have been ne’er minding the grime or being wet luxuriating being doused in a heady scent often carrying billet-doux unseen! O dear handkerchief, often your ends I have knotted to not forget a knotty affair and when I was foolishly besotted I did drop you with discreet flair sometimes it led to utterly dubious assumptions sometimes I received the response I craved sometimes you lay in oblivion in the dirt I rescued you then with chicanery and gumption my attempts at coquetry you valiantly braved keeping you close to bosom helped whenever I was hurt This generation knows only how to use and throw upstart paper napkins and tissues scarce can take your place they may be fancy and pricey and convenient on the go your embroidered and laced appearance embodies class and grace from being neatly tucked in my school uniform pocket to your now delicately perfumed presence in my purse dear handkerchief, I cannot tell you what you mean to me whenever I leave home, you, I do not forget through thick and thin and better and worse you have been my companion, my best buddy.
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Thank you, Kerfe and David, for this prompt 🙏
Posted mine on Mr. Linky
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Thank you, David for hosting and thank you, Kerfe for the prompt. 🙂
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