NAPOWRIMO Day 5: Little Portraits of Everyday Life

NAPOWRIMO Day 5:  Little Portraits of Everyday Life


Altar in Yelapa, México

Give us little portraits of everyday life. Let our prayers transcend the world. Light us and the fire will rise to the heavens. We arrive at your altar. At your beckoning. We arrive at your masterful feet. At that place that is no longer of the world. Where the everyday and the sacred kiss each other. We join our hands together as if they contain some kind of power. Give us a glimpse of an extraordinary life. Give us a vision of the divine.

~Just L (April 5, 2018)

Author’s Note: NaPoWriMo Prompt – Write a poem that, like the work in Translucence, reacts both to photography and to words in a language not your own. Begin with a photograph. Now find a poem in a language you don’t know. Ignore any accompanying English translation. Now start translating the poem into English, with the idea that the poem is actually “about” your photograph. Use the look and feel of the words in the original to guide you along as you write, while trying to describe your photograph. It will be a bit of a balancing act, but hopefully it will lead to new and beautiful (and possibly very weird) places.

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