Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: It’s called “Junk Drawer Song,” and comes to us from the poet Hoa Nguyen. First, find a song with which you are familiar…Next, rifle through the objects in your junk drawer…write a poem that weaves together your ideas
I just used the junk drawer idea as my prompt today.
Junk Drawer Mind Rifle through my junk drawer mind Push away memories dropped inside Until Jeopardy demands an answer Yet It takes a moment to decide That seven times four is twenty-eight Though I know seven times six is forty-two Still, I try to memorize up to twelve times twelve And it always feels like something new Sorry I don’t remember your name Give me time and let me push aside The Best Picture winner in 2004 The name of the hitchhiker I gave a ride (I can also say the alphabet backwards) I forgot to pay that bill again Can’t forget the lyrics to that song They come back to me at the oddest times And I still spell defanitely wrong I wonder. . . if I could just dump it out My junk drawer mind Would I still remember that one time Our lives aligned?
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