Inspired by National Poem Writing Month 2021 Day 24 prompt … a factual article about an animal. A Wikipedia article or something from National Geographic would do nicely – just make sure it repeats the name of the animal a lot. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – it could be something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking.” You should wind up with some very funny and even touching combinations, which you can then rearrange and edit into a poem…
Any evening the forgotten will hop
On the cloth string. Cawing other memories to join it.
Old English poet at bookshelf verse it as murder.
Isn’t it so? Happy you are and then suddenly
Box of long forgotten jumped out just like
Corvus break the shell and wait for signal.
A murky evening with long summer day.
Soul said something but breeze said something else
Soul said it will not but breeze said it’ll rain.
Shouting at top of voice, pensive speaks of
itself; in the air its tuft of grey streap on
beak will shine.
If the lament found one intruder it will
Capture the human and will make
The person feed them morsels of despair.
Not every day or evening lament sit down
On the cloth string and speak of being itself.
Replaced words are Italicized