Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads “What the? (posted by ManicDDaily)
It’s about whats! As in,”[A] child said what is the grass” that opens Whitman’s poem. Yes, it is very much about grass, but it also winds from and through grass to handkerchiefs to hints to the tongues of mothers and the mouths of graves.
I invite you to pick something–anything–and to write its “what”. As in, “what is the—?”
You do not have to begin your poem, with “what is the?” or “A child said what is the–” though you should feel free to use either of those phrases if one of them helps you get going.
Also note that your poem does not have to be nearly so long as Whitman’s and can take any form, even- dare I say it? -a haiku! It also down’t need to be heavy or profound, comic is fine.
They tell me that every vote
counts, yet they whisper,
What is the future
of democracy–of these states
that are united–where checks
and balances are cited to keep
us from tyranny?
What constitutes an American President?
He is not above the law.
He is not prejudiced.
He is not a liar.
He is not given to temper tantrums.
He is not a rash decision maker.
He is not a crown seeker.
He is not ignorant.
What is reason, and where
did it go?