Windows full of watercolors, glowing in the dark
when the world sleeps, silence penetrates like a mischievous thief.
owls can watch you at night,
bats hear your tiniest whisper,
bears who can smell your dirty feet,
venus flytrap is rooting to feel your presence,
anaconda hopes to have pleasure eating you alive.
Be aware, tonight you are meeting a predator,
who can taste your breath and smell your whisper.
He can be in any form, be aware while you walk in the dark.
The predator who owns his empire, the hell-
the fallen angel who rules the mortals.
I’m talking about the king, Lucifer, yes.
When silence bumped into dark, the watercolors melt.
Each time a mortal dies, bleeding seamlessly flows in black
unable to recognise, death carries perpetual mystery
says the pessimistic devil, a trainwreck himself.
Day 8 of Na/GloPoWriMo 2023.
Prompt 8 source: https://www.napowrimo.net/poets-start-your-engines/
Here’s for our daily (optional) prompt. This is another oldie-but-goodie. I remember being assigned to use it in a college poetry class, and loving the result. It really pushes you to use specific details, and to work on “conducting” the poem as it grows, instead of trying to force the poem to be one thing or another in particular. The prompt is called the “Twenty Little Poetry Projects,” and was originally developed by Jim Simmerman. And here are the twenty little projects themselves — the challenge is to use them all in one poem:
- Begin the poem with a metaphor.
- Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
- Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
- Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
- Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
- Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
- Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
- Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
- Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
- Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
- Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”
- Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
- Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”
- Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
- Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
- Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
- Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
- Use a phrase from a language other than English.
- Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).
- Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.
It was challenging yet it kept me intrigued. Really trying the best way possible but it takes a lot of time. I went half way through, might complete by tonight.