AND THE ASSIGNMENT IS: Our prompt (optional, as always). Today, the challenge is to write a poem that begins with a line from another poem (not necessarily the first one), but then goes elsewhere with it. This will work best if you just start with a line of poetry you remember, but without looking up the whole original poem. (Or, find a poem that you haven’t read before and then use a line that interests you). The idea is for the original to furnish a sort of backdrop for your work, but without influencing you so much that you feel stuck just rewriting the original!. For example, you could begin, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” or “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,” or “I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster,” or “they persevere in swimming where they like.” Really, any poem will do to provide your starter line – just so long as it gives you the scope to explore. Happy writing! — taken from www.napowrimo.net
Gus-eed up in his best blue jeans, and cowboy hat, of course; The Sheriff goes into the barn, to tend his favourite horse! Insep'rable pair -- that man and mare; no stronger bond is worse! Golden Girl is her name, her coat a yellow sheen; When shines the Sun upon her, she's a beauty to be seen. And on the plain -- she does reign; a regal Texas queen! Together, these good friends have been, for so many a-year; They caught and shot offenders, and cried in pints of beer, They rode the range -- and helped the Grange; and lassoed a mangy steer! Dispensing Ol' Slack Justice, it happened late one day; Golden Girl was limping, in a mighty painful way! And deep inside -- The Sheriff cried; not knowing what to say! "Sorry," said the blacksmith, "Her problem's beyond me." And the doctor: "All I can do, is end her misery." Bowing his head -- the lawman said: "I'll do it! She's with me!" The Sheriff knelt before her, all knew the time was nigh; He softly brushed her forelock, as tears welled in his eye Then this big lawman -- as soft as he can; kissed his girl good-bye. The blacksmith left, he couldn't bear, to see her under strain; But the doctor, he was used to it, time and time again. "Steady, son -- Here's my gun. Now, take away her pain." The doctor, he continued, "I do understand; "Across the Painted Deserts to the Rio Grande! "You're feelin' blur -- and hurtin' too; "But in the end, it's ... ***BANG!*** Now, this story might be, a bit of a shocker; But things aren't always as they ought'r, 'cause this Sheriff ain't -- astride Ol'Paint Since she broke a rocker!
AND THE ASSIGNMENT IS: Our prompt (optional, as always). Today, the challenge is: from Gloria Gonsalves, who also suggested our prompt for Day Seven. Today, Gloria challenges us all to write a poem in honor of Earth Day. This could be about your own backyard, a national park, or anything from a maple tree to a humpback whale. Happy writing! — taken from www.napowrimo.net
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
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