#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Five

Gretchen’s Birthday Cake


More decades ahead then
behind her, she feels time
beginning to weigh on her
incessant march of age

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day FiveThis prompt challenges you to find a poem, and then write a new poem that has the shape of the original, and in which every line starts with the first letter of the corresponding line in the original poem. If I used Roethke’s poem as my model, for example, the first line would start with “I,” the second line with “W,” and the third line with “A.” And I would try to make all my lines neither super-short nor overlong, but have about ten syllables. I would also have my poem take the form of four, seven-line stanzas. I have found this prompt particularly inspiring when I use a base poem that mixes long and short lines, or stanzas of different lengths. Any poem will do as a jumping-off point, but if you’re having trouble finding one, perhaps you might consider Mary Szybist’s “We Think We Do Not Have Medieval Eyes” or for something shorter, Natalie Shapero’s “Pennsylvania.”

Good afternoon and welcome to day five of #NaPoWriMo. April 4th aka the day before first contact went well I think. Gretchen says she feels old. Well on the “true” day before first contact she will be 62 – that’s old 😉 never mind the fact her Grandpa will be 80 in two weeks and her Poppo will be 70 later this year. Well the prompt today had me a little stumped. I wasn’t sure what poem I wanted to use; the ones I was reading over at poets.org weren’t inspiring anything creative. I decided to look at the theme of birthdays and W.B. Yeats Youth and Age seemed appropriate. Gretchen is on the cusp of youth and age – no longer a teenager but despite her protests she’s not old either.