Emptiness is a staircase
a shell enters the snail
slowly we descend
our soles slippery
retracing steel treads
listening to the darkness
cold upon our eyes
a moment in Girona
a photograph remembers
our ascent along Roman walls
I still close my eyes and
taste the metallic clang of
Sant Doménec’s bells —
it’s noon, time for nosh,
Cafe Le Bistrot,
pig cheeks braised with gluttony,
every time I foodgasm,
a chef gets their wings,
my taste buds
starve for the attention
of whipped lemon mousse,
oh, I would have sex with my spoon,
clean it, satisfied,
you Dirty Boy,
till a violet strawberry
sunset makes blueberry
swirls upon the stillness of
Onyar’s pulsing artery
descent into memory
Submitted as part of “National/Global Poetry Writing Month” (#NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo).
Today’s prompt: Day Five: Write write a poem based on “Twenty Little Poetry Projects”:
- 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.
30 Poems in 30 Days
All text and photography © Dale Schierbeck
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