Day Four – NaPoWriMo, 2022

Poetry Prompt – #Screw It
after Mathia Svalina

  1. Flick a finger at your nearest word.
  2. Screw the word at the wrist.
  3. Elbow a number of words to one side.
  4. Shrug that paragraph cloaking your right shoulder.
  5. Or your left shoulder; if that’s the hand you write with.
  6. Stretch the neck of that word intent on strangling you.
  7. Lick a word; more than once if it’s tasty, especially if
    it excites the hormones rather than the bones of it.
  8. Spit out the words you cannot spell just remember you
    are neither a cobra or an alpaca; leave the spitting to them.
  9. Eight is my lucky number.
  10. I ate as many words as I could devour.
  11. I can still see my toes.
  12. Eleven is my lucky number too.

Benita H. Kape (c) 5.4.2022

Poetry Prompts

“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.”


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