Sometimes the prompts are too specific.
Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Find a factual article about an animal. A Wikipedia article or something from National Geographic would do nicely — just make sure it repeats the name of the animal a lot. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else — it could be something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking.” You should wind up with some very funny and even touching combinations, which you can then rearrange and edit into a poem.
Write a poem about an animal…Got it.
Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces fir Classical Guitarand The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
Originally published at http://linesbyleon.com on April 24, 2021.