P.C. John Lord Peck. Dress and Care of the Feet. New York: Fowler & Wells, 1871
‘And here’s our own prompt (optional, as always) for the first day of Na/GloPoWriMo. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but they never said you can’t try to write a poem based on a book cover — and that’s your challenge for today! Take a look through Public Domain Review’s article on “The Art of Book Covers.” Some of the featured covers are beautiful. Some are distressing. Some are just plain weird (I’m looking at you, “Mr Sweet Potatoes”). With any luck, one or more of these will catch your fancy, and open your mind to some poetic insights.’
‘Our poetry resource for the day is What Sparks Poetry, a regular feature of Poetry Daily. In each article in the series, a different poet discusses the craft of writing, and provides a prompt.’
I saw him sitting on the pavement cross-legged- a young chap, not more than twenty; bearded face, stained clothes, a mop of curly hair I walked past him He looked up; our eyes met 'An able body- what a shame to beg,' I thought He shuffled a bit, the rag over his legs slid showing off his clubbed feet or was it two feet on one leg like two branches separating from the trunk. I pulled out a note and gave it to him Not enough to fix his feet Or his fate But enough to make me feel like I'd done a good deed. II There she was, all dolled up Not a blemish on her silken skin Her eyes lined with kohl, and her hair like a horse's mane, shiny and smooth. Her neck soft like velvet and her lips, cherry-red, small and inviting, beckoned one to stay. She wore printed silk, it flowed with her every move as did her manicured fingers when she waved them to greet, point, or catch attention Alas, the soles of her feet, country bumpkins calloused, wrinkled, and deprived told another story.
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