tasted death like a sweet buttery milk fought for dear life like a honey dew drip caressed smoothly like a thin fabric silk touched carefully in a slow motion dip oh, Mr. death why have been knocking my front door all in smiles without notice i beg you to run without much longing ‘cos i’m not ready, no kidding, no dice.
For David’s Weekly Prompt (beating the deadline)
Val’s prompt guidelines
• Write a Dizain poemfrom the perspective of somebody who has synesthesia.
• Two accepted forms:
• Eight lines: Rhyming a/b/a/b/c/d/c/d, or:
• Ten Lines: Rhyming a/b/a/b/b/c/c/d/c/d
• Syllabic: 8 or 10 syllables in each line (each line being of the same length).
Synesthesia is when the stimulation of one sense leads to involuntary experiences in a second sense. This is often manifested as letters or words having color, colors having flavors, smells having a sound or sounds having a taste, etc.
his one is a bit involved, which is why I’m giving it to you on a Saturday. Today, I’d like to challenge you to make a “Personal Universal Deck,” and then to write a poem using it. The idea of the “Personal Universal Deck” originated with the poet and playwright Michael McClure, who gave the project of creating such decks to his students in a 1976 lecture at Naropa University. Basically, you will need 50 index cards or small pieces of paper, and on them, you will write 100 words (one on the front and one on the back of each card/paper) using the rules found here.
Don’t agonize over your word choices. Making the deck should be fun and revealing, as you generate words that sound “good” to you. The fact that the words are mainly divided among the five senses should be helpful in selecting words that you like the sound of, and that have some meaning personal to you. For example, my deck contains “harbor,” “wool,” “murmur,” “obsidian,” and “needle.”
Once you have your deck put together, shuffle it a few times. Now select a card or two, and use them as the basis for a new poem.
For Val’s NPM 2021 Scavenger hunt, prompt no. 3 – write a Dizain
The dizain gets us back in the French form domain, which as regular readers know is a favorite of mine. This particular form was a favorite of 15th and 16th century French poets, but it has also been employed in English by the likes of Philip Sidney and John Keats.