Poetry Prompt – #Screw It
after Mathia Svalina
- Flick a finger at your nearest word.
- Screw the word at the wrist.
- Elbow a number of words to one side.
- Shrug that paragraph cloaking your right shoulder.
- Or your left shoulder; if that’s the hand you write with.
- Stretch the neck of that word intent on strangling you.
- Lick a word; more than once if it’s tasty, especially if
it excites the hormones rather than the bones of it.
- Spit out the words you cannot spell just remember you
are neither a cobra or an alpaca; leave the spitting to them.
- Eight is my lucky number.
- I ate as many words as I could devour.
- I can still see my toes.
- Eleven is my lucky number too.
Benita H. Kape (c) 5.4.2022
“Finally, here’s our optional prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem . . . in the form of a poetry prompt. If that sounds silly, well, maybe it is! But it’s not without precedent. The poet Mathias Svalina has been writing surrealist prompt-poems for quite a while, posting them to Instagram. You can find examples here, and here, and here.”