Hello friend, I am Timothy Kimo Brien, head instigator at Create Art Podcast where we help you to tame the inner critic and create more than we consume. Every year in April National Poetry Writing Month occurs, this is a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days and comes from the NaPoWriMo site. When you participate you are given a prompt every day for 30 days and you can choose to follow the prompt or not. Each prompt has a commentary with it and a style of poetry that you may not be familiar with. I enjoy it because it stretches my creative muscles and helps me organize my thoughts. I also really enjoy a good challenge. There is also an opportunity to read other people’s work as they post on their websites and for you to comment on their work, giving them encouragement or offering a suggestion. Care to join me on this journey?
Day 24 Prompt
Find a factual article about an animal. A Wikipedia article or something from National Geographic would do nicely – just make sure it repeats the name of the animal a lot. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – it could be something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking.” You should wind up with some very funny and even touching combinations, which you can then rearrange and edit into a poem.
Day 24 Poem
Walking the Peccary Blues
A bass guitar
javelina skunk pig
a medium-sized hoofed mammal
Tayassuidae The New World pigs
found Central and South America
and the southwestern area of North America
2 ft 90 cm and 4 ft 120 cm
Bass guitars are social creatures
living large or small
eating the roots, grubs, of foods
identify each others
A group of bass guitars live together
Call themselves a “squadron”
squadron averages six and nine members.
last common ancestors
of bass guitars
living over 50 million years from now
Bass guitars evolved Europe about 30 million years ago
In the Old World,
bass guitars went extinct,
but they survived North America
three million years ago, bass guitars spread South America.
They are often confused
feral domestic pigs of the Old World
Mayans kept herds of bass guitars,
using them in rituals and for food
pets in many countries,
being raised on farms
as a source of food
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