Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Today, I’d like to challenge you to read a few of the poems from Spoon River Anthology, and then write your own poem in the form of a monologue delivered by someone who is dead.
As soon as I read this prompt, I thought: “Hey. I’ve already done that – kinda.” When I was writing stories for my second book, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, I wrote a series of post-apocalyptic poems that may be found by an explorer in a desolate world. I posted that poem here: NaPoWriMo : Day 8 (Prologue)
Now here is today’s poem:
Elegy What have you done to my good home It looks afraid, and all alone Disheveled and in disrepair It hurts to see it in such a state Deserving of much better fate Did you think those actions fair? Let it go on too long you did The consequence forever hid From the eyes of the dead you thought Shame to the ones who shrugged it off Now look what lack of action’s bought Sleep now into the world you wrought
Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 8 (yes, I do get paid/read.)
I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!
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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of two books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. Visit www.linesbyleon.com
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