NaPoWriMo Day 2 2023- A series of sweet nothings

I’m catching up with the days I missed. The prompt on Day 2 was ‘And now for today’s (optional) prompt! The Romanian-born poet Paul Celan once wrote a series of surrealist questions and answers. Here are a couple of examples:
                What is forgetting?
                                An unripe apple stabbed by a spear.
                What is a tear?
                                A scale awaiting a weight.
Today’s prompt asks you to begin by picking 5-10 words from the following list. Next, write out a question for each word that you’ve selected (e.g., what is seaweed?)’.

The poetry resource for the day is Jacket2. This online magazine features a wealth of podcasts, reviews, interviews, essays, and other uncategorizable writings about contemporary poetry.

My poetry for today based on the words owl, fog, river, salt,longing,miracle, song taken from the provided list is below

What is an owl?
Grandpa watching me in the dark

What is fog?
A gossamer veil over demure nature’s face.

What is a river?
A white meandering tape from heaven’s cassette player

What is salt?
Powdery bits of colliding stars fallen in the sea

What is longing?
Weight of a thousand galaxies breathed in

What is a miracle?
The healing fragrance of sweet magnolias.

What is a song?
A magic spell to open shut doors

7 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 2 2023- A series of sweet nothings”

  1. LuAnne Holder Avatar

    These are absolutely lovely. Well done!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, LuAnne. It’s very kind of you to say. 🙂

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  2. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    A delightful poem, Smitha! Such vivid metaphors! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      It’s lovely to hear you say this. I’m not sure if I got the ‘surrealistic’ bit right but ‘vivid metaphors’ is good. Thank you, Cheryl.

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  3. Infinite Living Avatar

    This is a gorgeous compilation Smitha!! Beautifully done.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I’m more a logical kind of person so this really tested me. Thank you for telling me that the attempt was good. It’s very encouraging. XOXO

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      1. Infinite Living Avatar

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