For NaPoWriMo Day 4, the prompt is:
“And now for today’s (optional) prompt, inspired by Teicher’s poem “Son“. One thing you might notice about this poem is that it is sad, but that it doesn’t generate feeling through emotional words. The words are simple. Another thing you might notice is that it’s a sonnet – not in strict iambic pentameter, but fourteen rhymed, relatively short lines. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write your own sad poem, but one that, like Teicher’s, achieves sadness through simplicity. Playing with the sonnet form may help you . . .”
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You can be around your things sad singing,
As if you were meaningless and abstract,
As if you’re loneliness was a forever fact.
You forget the joy of people mingling,
Then, azure-blue skies, clear your head’s ringing.
For a moment in lush nature you’re not lost,
Not alone, fretting and tossed —
As turbulent seas, their waves sling you into depths.
Perhaps, once you realize you won’t drown,
White-capped waves slow, gentle and soothing.
Without fear of hollowness engaged;
You can occupy yourself alone and grin,
Life’s balanced, you’ve both Joie a viva, and feel safe;
You can be alone, yet in a crowd — soul crooning.
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