NaPoWriMo Day 7: Fortuitous Poem

Finally, our prompt for the day (optional as always) comes to us from Elizabeth Boquet of Oaks to Acorns. In keeping with the fact that it’s the seventh day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo, Elizabeth and I challenge you to write a poem about luck and fortuitousness. For inspiration, take a look at Charles Simic’s “The Betrothal” and Stephen Dunn’s “The Arm”. Need something more? Perhaps these instructions from Elizabeth will get you going!

Create the following lists:

1. List 1 – 3 random objects. (Smaller tends to be better.)
2. List 1 – 3 random but specific locations. (Think in the cookie jar, or under my seat…)
3. List 1 – 2 objects you’ve lost and a few notes on their back-story.
4. List 1- 2 objects you’ve found and few notes on their back-story.

Now, choosing an object from List 1, a location from List 2, and connect them in a poem with ideas from Lists 3 & 4 and Voilà! A fortuitous poem! As an example of a finished “fortuitous” poem, here is Elizabeth’s own “State of Grace”.

Found Poem

   It’s like
     used bar
    of soap
  found in
     the junk

  you just find
   you least

How did that
  from Grandma’s
    real estate company
   I lost
  so long ago
     I forgot
   I ever had it
  end up
   in the same
  the little stuffed
        blue monkey
    sent me
  one day when I was
     working in Nuremberg
Just ’cause?

   you find
  you thought was gone
    where you don’t expect it.

    Like when


–Scott Rhoades


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