2021 NaPoWriMo April 15 A Rebel Act

Today’s prompt comes to us from Juan Martinez. It asks you to think about a small habit you picked up from one of your parents, and then to write a piece that explores an early memory of your parent engaged in that habit, before shifting into writing about yourself engaging in the same habit.

You can see the original prompt (in quasi-cartoon form), along with a few other of Martinez’s prompts, here. Happy writing!

A Rebel Act
Doodling before Googling

She sat, head bent down,
her hands moving,
playfully hiding
some tiny treasure,
wriggling, just captured, live,

precious, her own
yet ready to escape,

maybe a minute hamster
snug against her palm
or a slithering
miniature lizard,

or a Japanese paper flower
unfolding its petals,
drawing life from water
yet fearful of drought.

Mom tending her art:
a rebel act.

Disturbed when watched,
she’d look like a girl
pulled from a trance,

she’d run a hand tru her hair,
straighten up,
smile like a rare jewel,
like desert spring bloom.

Marriage put a swift end
to her dream,
fashion design,
too frivolous a pursuit,

instead she sketched
fairytale figures,
pleated-paper princesses
black-on-white poet-pelicans,
and puppet-angels on strings.

Myths sprang to life
from Mom’s hands,
she hummed
‘don’t fence me in’.

I doodled letters,
wove wandering thoughts
around characters
from the alphabet,

fancy initials
for a pretence
illuminated manuscript,

in a sentence divined
a roman-fleuve.

A shared creative habit
cast a gleeful spell
sparking fantasies.

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