A Place for Everything – #Napowrimo 7

Way to go – One week of National Poetry writing month, that’s seven poems. I hope you enjoy this one, A fortuitous poem! The challenge is posted at the end, why not give it a go?

A Place for Everything

Exquisite river pearls,
imperfect in perfection,
to make beauty of irritation,
shining with moonlit grace.
With the hairbands
on my bedside table.

A crystal twisted ring,
hand made of copper wire,
lost – found by it’s maker
beneath an oak tree,
restored and returned with love.
With the silver teaspoon,
in the drawer of random things.

A tiny golden goblin,
won from a man of ill-repute,
lost and found in the ocean,
a charm that served me well,
lost forever in the mud.
With all the odd socks,
down the rabbit hole.

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”.


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