Written for: NaPoWriMo – Day 16
Today, I challenge you to fill out, in no more than five minutes, the following “Almanac Questionnaire,” which solicits concrete details about a specific place (real or imagined). Then write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers. Happy writing!
Architecture: basic house
Childhood dream: sitting in restaurant and a witch’s hand come down to grab me
Found on the Street: bracelet
Graffiti: dog pee
Hometown memory: housing project playgrounds
Notable person: Dad
Outside your window, you find: a yard with trees, flowers, and Alice statues
Today’s news headline: Trump something
Scrap from a letter: please get back to us
Animal from a myth: unicorn
Story read to children at night: Princess and the Pea
You walk three minutes down an alley and you find: garbage
You walk to the border and hear: screaming
What you fear: Meneire’s outbreak
Picture on your city’s postcard: Mt. Hood
Wow, that was hard to do in five minutes!
During a violent storm,
the Mad Hatter lost
part of his legs, and Alice
lost an arm. The White Rabbit
was unscathed. We were more upset
than they were.
Now, Alice’s arm hangs
from her shoulder,
and the Hatter is planted
up to his knees, leaning
on a flowerpot. The dogs
pay them no mind.
All are protected by the buddha,
and the llama. Hinoki and maple
trees stand guard over our yard.
Still looking for a statue
of The March Hare, who seems
to be elusive. He would love