Being the fabulous poetry teacher that I am, I FORGOT TO TELL MY KIDS IT’S NATIONAL POETRY WRITING MONTH, OMG.
Kids, today is the first day of National Poetry Writing Month.
I first learned about this month during my freshman year of college. I’ve taken part in the month of poetic festivities ever since, following prompts provided by different websites. This year, I decided to follow the prompts given by the OG of NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo.net.
So, welcome to the fun.
Today’s prompt read:
Today, I’d like you to go to Reb Livingston’s Bibliomancy Oracle. Clear your mind, push the button, and then write a poem based on the quotation that the oracle provides. Happy writing!
This quote seems appropriate since I was teaching my students about cento poems today. We had a big debate about whether or not cento poems are acts of plagiarism. (Cento poems are when you take lines from other poems to create your poem.)
So, here’s a cento poem based off of my poems from the Poem-a-Day Challenge last April.
I wanted to leave you a note,
expressing my love and thoughts
when I felt a songbird break free of its cage.
I cannot escape;
my hometown always lingers.
I still have the potential
into the stars,
nestled into the city skyline
amongst the flames of
standing between you
and a triumphant victory.
I started wondering if the people who held these memories with me
still associate the
two million, six hundred, thirty thousand, one hundred and eighty-six minutes
with the little girls
emerald flats and sneakers
freedom, love, serenity
with a solar eclipse
upon the songbird’s page.