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Life is a poem,
made up of a sea of tears; it is
an ugly sight, a silent scream,
a little bit salty, smelling a
little rotten, the touch of a 
thorn.
 
Life is a poem where
you can touch the 
smell, just like
Brad could touch 
his wife’s perfume that lay
in her grave in Irvine.
 
Life is a poem,
made up of a sea of tears,
of happiness, smelling 
like freshly ground chutney – a
 little sweet, a little tangy,
a lot spicy.
 
Life is a poem,
of “all izzzz well”.
Like a fierce  lion of bravery,
like a cold, dreadful sun,
like Brad eating a pizza
with chopsticks.
 
Life is a poem,
where Pooh dances to
the tunes of a 
ripped off Bollywood
number in the 
everlasting rain of Oregon.
 
Life is a poem,
where the earth 
will begin to move
 around the sun a lot 
faster than it does 
now. 
 
Life is a poem
like a sight,
a beautiful sight of 
a lovely crow
perched on a tree,
an ugly tree.
 
Life is a poem,
where Muchas gracias
overplays sorry. Like a
dog riding a big brown 
horse. Like a plant 
singing a happy tune.
 
Life –  a poem, or a prose, or a poetic prose?
*As a part of NaPoWriMo. #29
*The prompt by NaPoWriMo today was: This may remind you a bit of the “New York School” recipe, but this prompt has been around for a long time. I remember using it in a college poetry class, and loving the result. It really forces you into details, and to work on “conducting” the poem as it grows, instead of trying to force the poem to be one thing or another in particular. The prompt is called the “Twenty Little Poetry Projects,” and was originally developed by Jim Simmerman. And here are the twenty little projects themselves — the challenge is to use them all in one poem:
1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”
12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”
14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).

20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.” 

*Also, do visit my friends who are participating in the challenge. You won’t be disappointed.
pooja

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