Friends gave me prompts! Haha, too many. A late night Facebook thread:
Jaquira: Can I give you prompts or do you already have too many? I'll do it anyway cuz dats how I do: 1. Write a poem about cheese. 2. Use this in a poem: "who left their tambourine in a bag in the hallway?" 3. Alien invasion poem. 4. Another alien invasion poem. 5. Write a tanka dedicated to Nathan.
Me: YES GAWD GIVE ME PROMPTS
Me: Hahaha, these are hard!
Jaquira: Really? What if the cheese is melty?
Me: I will do my best for you. Haha, I think I am just burnt out.
Jaquira: Okay a poem about a road trip, or the road, or a trip.
Me: Jah OK, I can do that. WHY ARE WE BOTH AWAKE RIGHT NOW?
Jaquira: It's only 3:15am. I never sleep.
Nathan: Where's my tanka?
OK, ya'll. Today's poem is a "meditation" in three parts, the last of which is a tanka for dear Nathan. I'm gonna be real: I don't think that last bit is any good nor do I think it should be at the end of today's poem, but I said I'd write a tanka.
Don't know when it will be posted so, here are some lines from each section:
Before me the road unwinds like a tongue.
It's 3 a.m.
To not sleeping, then.
As a child, I marked the time imagining
myself a giant—grasping barns, groves of trees,
silos, cow fields, and billboards between
my forefinger and thumb, holding each to my eye
This car, its open windows,
this lit cigarette,
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