AND THE ASSIGNMENT IS: Our prompt (optional, as always). Today, the challenge is to write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers to the following “Almanac Questionnaire.” Happy writing! — taken from www.napowrimo.net
WEATHER: JANUARY SNOW ARCHITECTURE: ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA CUSTOMS: MAMMAL/REPTILE/FISH: CARIBOU | FLORA: WILD ROSE DRESS: COCKTAIL DRESS | MYTHICAL ANIMAL: UNICORN CHILDHOOD DREAM: JET FIGHTER PILOT | CONSPIRACY: AVRO ARROW FOUND ON THE STREET: CIGARETTE BUTTS EXPORT: ALBERTA BEEF GRAFFITI: I'M SORRY LOVER: HOMETOWN MEMORY: CITY OF CHAMPIONS NOTABLE PERSON: MARY (LA BOLDUC) TRAVERS, SINGER and SONGWRITER OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW, YOU FIND: PARKED VEHICLES TODAY'S NEWS HEADLINE: SCRAP FROM A LETTER: -- AN AFFAIR WITH THE MILKMAN 75 YEARS AGO STORY READ TO CHILDREN AT NIGHT: ALLIGATOR PIE 3MIN WALK DOWN AN ALLEY, YOU FIND: A DEAD-END WALK TO THE BORDER AND HEAR: "PASSPORT PLEASE!" IMAGE ON PICTURE POSTCARD: CASCADING FOUNTAINS OF THE LEGISLATURE
My take on this challenge is a little more taxing;
writing to include as many as possible
T'was a weathered picture postcard of cascading water fountains; Of the Alberta Legislature, against the massive Rocky Mountains, All the foreground was adorned by the provincial roses wild; And in a shaky hand, a note was left inside: "In the City of Champions, 75 years ago; "An affair with the milkman in a January snow "Storm, in a parked milk truck down a dead-end street; "Mary Travers was on the radio singing something French so sweet. "'bout an Avro Arrow pilot flying o'er the gallery -- "Of Canadian Modern Art; skywriting "I'm sorry," "As a unicorn in a cocktail dress sings "Alligator pie" "To a caribou on the street looking at the sky, "Sitting in a pile of cigarette butts, crying he wished to be "Exported like Alberta Beef -- the world he then could see!"