NaPoWriMo Day 27: Because the prompts are optional as always, I am bad at taking direction day after day, and would rather follow my heart.
I know things left unsaid
remain absolutely between us
Joy, inspiration, and happiness
More support than struggling
with one another or questioning things
Never confusing intensity with truth
This is when you know it’s real. It’s right. It’s love.
I can’t imagine holding my breath,
Or ever letting go
~Just L (April 27, 2016)
Published in the May 2016 Blender of Love Digest
The original prompt for NaPoWriMo Day 27: Today’s prompt comes to us from Megan Pattie, who points us to the work of the Irish poet Ciaran Carson, who increasingly writes using very long lines. Carson has stated that his lines are (partly) based on the seventeen syllables of the haiku, and that he strives to achieve the clarity of the haiku in each line. So today, Megan and I collectively challenge you to write a poem with very long lines. You can aim for seventeen syllables, but that’s just a rough guide. If you’re having trouble buying into the concept of long lines, maybe this essay on Whitman’s infamously leggy verse will convince you of their merits. Happy writing!