Today's prompt sits uncomfortably in my throat. One of my least favorite feelings in this world is this one. If I'm fighting back the urge to vomit, then something in my world is skewed. The dinner didn't set well. The presentation went horribly. Someone has passed on a virus that I now have to fight off. The news was too awful and too real. The baby apparently hates it when I eat broccoli now.
Generally speaking, there's a trigger for that urge to vomit. Today I challenge you to key into one of those triggers and describe that scenario that preludes fighting back the sick. It's not always a negative that makes us feel this way. Take it where you want it to go and tell us a story.
The suggested type of poem for this prompt is a narrative or storytelling poem. This poem has one main character, a beginning, middle, and an end. You can use devices like rhyme and repetition to tell the story (or not, it's entirely up to you). There's no set structure for modern narrative poems. Use your senses and help us to explore your story. You don't have to take a lot of time to set up the story, you can dive right in. And there's no definitive length for the narrative poem. It can be as long or as short as you want.
Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.
Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman in 2014 and is working on her first fiction novel due out in winter 2016. She is the Editor of The Reverie Journal, a poetry publication. She also moderates #writestuff a weekly writing Twitter chat. You can find her on Twitter here. She works as a full-time freelance writer and doesn’t post nearly enough her blog PenPaperPad. She creates videos about books and writing on her YouTube channel. She is a hillbilly hermit in Honolulu living with her Mathemagician.