NaPoWriMo 2018 Day Twenty – three

Rice Krispies in bowl
start to snap, crackle and pop
when you pour the milk

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for today’s (optional) prompt! Kate Greenstreet’s poetry is spare, but gives a very palpable sense of being spoken aloud – it reads like spoken language sounds. In our interview with her, she underscores this, stating that “when you hear it, you write it down.” Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem, for example, could incorporate overheard language. Perhaps it could incorporate a song lyric in some way, or language from something often heard spoken aloud (a prayer, a pledge, the Girl Scout motto). Or you could use a regional or local phrase from your hometown that you don’t hear elsewhere, e.g. “that boy won’t amount to a pinch.”

Good morning and welcome to day twenty-three of #NaPoWriMo; I hope everyone was able to eat breakfast this morning. Well my day 23 post is a day late and I’m writing before my breakfast and now I’m off to edit a resume before finishing this post. Okay I’m back. My brain really does not function well without coffee, but Rachael understood my confusion and was able to correct her resume. Anyway, on with poetry. Yes, I wrote a few haiku on twitter yesterday even though I didn’t get to this prompt. When I think sound, I think onomatopoeia. Am I alone here? And my mind has been on breakfast lately. Gretchen has been eating cocoa Rice Krispies for the past couple weeks; I’ve been hearing snap, crackle, pop in the morning.

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Play cat mew on phone
child calls out to distressed pet
what cruel trickery

So yesterday’s #haikuchallenge word was trickery and I was contemplating onomatopoeia and when I looked it up, mew was an example they used. Sunday night Shawn played a cat video on his phone and Rachael went off looking for Chase; she thought he was the cat meowing. No clue it was playing on a phone; I can’t say I haven’t made similar mistakes. It’s funny when it’s not you though.

For my readers wondering why I started this post with breakfast on my mind. Well I still haven’t made the coffee, but The Haiku Chronicle on Poetry Pea had a breakfast themed podcast; head over and listen to Patricia talk about breakfast in haiku. Well as usual I have chores to do before I have to log into work. I’m hoping to be back at some point today for day twenty-four of #NaPoWriMo.

Sonic Association – Exercise 10

Sound

Sit and chop
Onomatopoeia
Utter – POP
Novel idea
Dice up potato

How Writers Write Poetry posted the video for lesson 10 – Sonic Association. The assignment was to write a poem off a word list. Larissa Szporluk gives her undergraduate class the word ventriloquist to work from. She read a few of the poems her students turn in. They all had their own unique flavor. We could generate a word list from the same word or use rhyming word pairs Carol Light discussed at the start of the video. Since it was a lesson on sound and I love onomatopoeia, I decided to generate my word list from it.

Onomatopoeia to write sound poetry what a great idea.

Oh wow! There’s a rhyming pair already. As I’m still trying to find my footing after my vacation, I decided to make an acrostic poem – Sound. Yesterday I had to deal with a plumber to change the cartridge in my shower. When I got home Thursday I noticed the constant drip. Don’t know how my hubby didn’t hear it. But that sound annoyed me till Sunday when my hubby took off the shower handle to change the cartridge only to find our hard water foiled the cheap fix and we had to call a plumber.

Needless to say I got a couple good tweetkus out of it for the haiku challenge words on twitter.

Buffalo journey
Shower constant drip counts days
One man left alone

Money poured down drain
Finally peace of mind comes
Plumber fixes drip

Fortunately despite the fact hubby torqued the pipes somewhat trying to remove the cartridge Sunday, the plumber was able to get it out, replace it and put the fixture back on (slightly skewed) instead of having to go through the wall to replace the whole fixture assembly. Then this morning, I was hit with a couple new snafus. My mind is all diced up at the moment and not exactly concentrating well on poetry. I’m hoping everything is straightened out now because Gretchen’s open house is Thursday; school for her starts Monday and Rachael starts on Wednesday. I need to start concentrating on back to school supplies and getting back on school routine. I may never go on vacation without my hubby again. 😉