Wavering Balloon

NaPoWriMo DAY TWENTY-SIX 26 April 2020

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). This is one that we’ve used before, but one test of a good prompt is that you can come back to it! For this prompt, you will need to fill out, in five minutes or less, the following “Almanac Questionnaire.” Then, use your responses as to basis for a poem.

Happy writing!

Almanac Questionnaire

Weather:

Flora:

Architecture:

Customs:

Mammals/reptiles/fish:

Childhood dream:

Found on the Street:

Export:

Graffiti:

Lover:

Conspiracy:

Dress:

Hometown memory:

Notable person:

Outside your window, you find:

Today’s news headline:

Scrap from a letter:

Animal from a myth:

Story read to children at night:

You walk three minutes down an alley and you find:

You walk to the border and hear:Picture on your city’s postcard:

What you fear:

Almanac Questionnaire

Weather:sunny

Flora:tropical

Architecture: alabaster columns

Mammals/reptiles/fish:manatee

Childhood dream:floating on a lake

Found on the Street:keys

Export:laziness

Graffiti:no brick in a wall

Lover:ardent

Conspiracy:all made up

Dress:silvery livery

Hometown memory:dumplings

Notable person:ornithologist

Outside your window, you find:cherry blossom petals

Today’s news headline:we just don’t know

Scrap from a letter:remember so well

Animal from a myth:unicorn

Story read to children at night:dragon

You walk three minutes down an alley and you find:balloon tied to a post

You walk to the border and hear:hey, welcome

What you fear:toothache

Picture on your city’s postcard:onion shaped church spire

WAVERING BALLOON

pink balloon tied to post

wavers in the wind

waves

hey, welcome

no wall here

no one wanting to be

a brick

in a wall

rather a dumpling

laziness

in silvery livery

though toothache may ensue

no sweeter gift than

ardent love

surrounded

by alabaster columns

shade of a jacaranda tree

floating

in tropical waters

among round-bellied manatees

or feasting on cherry blossom petals

in the company of unicorns

any ornithologist can tell you

even dragons

relinquish spitting fire

from onion-shaped church spires

admit they just don’t know

cause all’s fake

a slick made-up treat but don’t

beat yourself up

keys lie waiting

at your feet

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