And last but not least, now for our final (but still optional) prompt for this year! Taking a leaf from our video resource, I’d like you to try your hand at a minimalist poem. What’s that? Well, a poem that is quite short, and that doesn’t really try to tell a story, but to quickly and simply capture an image or emotion. Haiku are probably the most familiar and traditional form of minimalist poetry, but there are plenty of very short poems out there that do not use the haiku form. There’s even an extreme style of minimalism in the form of one-word and other “highly compressed” poems. You don’t have to go that far, but you might think of your own poem for the day as a form of gesture drawing. Perhaps you might start from a concrete noun with a lot of sensory connotations, like “Butter” or “Sandpaper,” or “Raindrop” and
– quickly, lightly – go from there.
As per the prompt, I’m supposed to write a minimalist poem. That could very well be just a word. So it could be just –
So that’s my poem. And here’s the rest of it. After 30 days of NaPoWriMo, I couldn’t leave without saying more :). Thanks to all those who read the poems and supported me with their likes and comments. I am extremely grateful to each one of you of being with me on this journey. Without you’ll, the journey would have been drab.
It’s come – finally
As we knew, it would
From where I stand, what do I see?
That time it stood
Neither still nor slowed
For any man here
And we, our heads, before it bowed
To keep pace, we shifted the gear-
And followed the prompt, day after day
Striving to do our best
Each in our own individual way
But now its time to rest
And take stock
Of where you were when you began
and all that you created, against the clock?
Whether you walked or ran-
What matters most
Is the lives you touched, as you stuck through the grind
So to each of us here, let’s raise a toast
‘To the journey,’; the time has come to say ‘Goodbye’ and unwind.
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