Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Day 2: Poems and notes to you


What jumps out at different people from this prompt may vary, but two things strike me as especially interesting:

- the plural (poems and notes, not just poem or note)
- you (who is 'you' in this situation - and what might this tell us about the speaker?)

What you produce today may therefore suggest multiple poems and/or notes to a single 'you' - which could be a parent, child, lover, friend, admired celebrity, someone who is now deceased...
Think, too, about why multiple poems and notes might be important to your poem's concept.
Plus, what form(s) might these poems and notes take? And why is the speaker of your poem writing them?

'You' could also be multiple people - so perhaps consider addressing a group if you are struggling to think of a single person to be the subject of your poem.

As the image prompt above also shows, 'notes' might also suggest musical notes as much as Post-It notes!

Suggested forms

To me, 'notes' implies something slight and fleeting, so in terms of suggested form, I'd like to propose a poetic structure that reflects this - maybe a tanka or cinquain.

Everyone knows about haikus, but a tanka is another five-line form of Japanese poetry. As you can see from www.familyfriendpoems.com, it starts off like a haiku (thanks to the 5-7-5 syllable format), before ending with two lines of 7 syllables each. Great to ease you into this month of poetry!

Cinquains are equally brief, with their five lines consisting of 1 word, then 2, then 3, then 4, before ending with a 1-word line.

Word prompts

sing
redrafts
practice
scribbles
loving

And to finish, a quotation that might inspire you, from the great Robert Frost:



Happy writing!

-- Bianca

Remember that our prompts are only suggestions - go wherever the muse takes you.
In the meantime, read other participants' poems, share the #octpowrimo hashtag on social media, and add your link to your own poem in the comments below.

63 comments:

  1. Good morning from here in Switzerland. Here is my take on the notes theme...

    https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/trio-of-tankas/

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    1. Thanks for letting us know what part of the world you're from. It would be amazing if everyone did. It's wonderful picturing people all over the world writing poetry together.

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    2. All three forms are amazing. A wonderful journey of experiences :)

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  2. have a great day! :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/day-2-poems-and-notes-to-you/

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    1. Oh I do love this, especially the 'Redrafting. How.' How indeed. Lovely to be able to participate in another poetry write with you, Ladylee!

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    2. Lyrical magic. Loved both the poems.

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  3. It's a good thing that there isn't more than one of me. One is probably too many.
    Not a Practice Run

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    1. I love that you incorporated the word prompts into the poem!

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    2. Sharp and crisp tanka from you, Cara. Good to see you back :)

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  4. https://wordflorilegium.com/2018/10/02/octpowrimo-day-2/

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    1. That last line! Really thought provoking! Keep writing!

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  6. https://debbiegrav.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/love-just-for-you-octpowrimo/

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  7. Here's my submission for the day!

    http://lunaticpoet.com/octpowrimo-day-2…and-notes-to-you/

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    1. For some reason your link is going to page not found.

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  8. Here is my Tanka on Notes!

    https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/10/02/musical-notes/

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    1. Oh how lovely! I do love the sound of the cello (musician here, but I don't play cello unfortunately. My students do though.)

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    2. I love this. This is an awesome way to link the sound of the cello!

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  9. Good night from the other half of the world in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Today's theme and poetic forms were great, but as usual brain veered off into much darker territory. Warning: disturbing and discomfiting. I'm so sorry, I do try to write lighter stuff but recently a lot has been weighing on my mind with regards to social issues and other things.

    I'll catch up on everyone's poetry within the next few days, am fighting germs!

    https://shukuen.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-2-love-notes-to-mama.html

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    1. Your challenge has awakened me from my slumber...I needed to return to my writing...thank you... https://talesofafamily.blog/2018/10/02/a-reminder-of-your-homecoming/#more-14621

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    2. What a lovely poignant piece. It captures the struggle of memory so well.

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  11. This is more of a note to myself, but not really on prompt.
    http://www.awritersuniverse.com/2018/10/it-has-been-busy-couple-of-weeks-and.html?m=1

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  12. http://colorsofthefall.blogspot.com/2018/10/notes.html?m=1
    A tanka for Day 2

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  13. 5 cinquains. And some notes by Townes van Zandt. https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/you-are-needed-now/

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    1. Oh I absolutely love this, Angela! <3 It is so true. And so needed.

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  14. Here's my take on it -
    http://iscriblr.com/notes-from-the-heart/

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  15. Two tankas. If I'd been feeling especially clever today I might have played with the formatting a little bit to also create a palimpsestic image as well. But not today!!
    http://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-2-poems-and-notes.html

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  16. Beware, very political and very emotional:
    http://tao-talk.com/2018/10/02/day-2-jimmy/

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  17. Day 2..My first tanka. I couldn't do justice as it was not easy. But tried.

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2018/10/i-yearn-tanka.html

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  18. Sincerity - https://medium.com/@anxiousgeek/sincerity-d0333bb06d5a

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  20. Here's my post for today: https://wordpress.com/view/serendipity756.wordpress.com

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  21. This was a very nice challenge, I loved writing for it. So here's what came out: https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2018/10/02/shriving-pew-day-two-notes-to-you/

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    1. I enjoyed this. Kind of a mystic nihilism. Some great lines (between the legs of the earth). Thank you.

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    2. Oh I really liked this. All the notes, all the imagery, the wideness to the small, beginning with a saviour and ending with one or the lack of one.

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  22. http://castingsuspicion.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-rapture.html

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    1. In turn, I liked this. I liked the violent edge it has, the sort of apocalypse-now vibe. Thank you for sharing (and your kind words)

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  23. Greetings from Connecticut! Here is my poem for Day 2

    Songbird Serenade

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  24. Day 2: Quickening Notes experiencewriting.com/2018/10/02/octpowrimo-day-2-quickening-notes/

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  25. Day 2 - an acrostic poem inspired by a self compassion meditation. https://thewabisabiwriter.blogspot.com/2018/10/circles-of-practice.html

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  26. My poem for the day:
    https://wordpress.com/post/odhranwrites.wordpress.com/1038

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  27. Pretty trite to use the prompt as a title but it works. http://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2018/10/poems-and-notes.html

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  28. https://barbarahuntington.com/2018/10/02/octpowrimo-2018-day-2-poems-and-notes-to-you/

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  29. Tonight’s poem imagines me visiting the tomb of the poet Vergil, where people often leave notes to him in a tripod.
    Invocation to Vergil

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  31. I have to admit- I struggled a bit with this one.
    Here is my take.
    Day 2: https://galaxychasher.blogspot.com/2018/10/2-poems-to-you-notes-and-poems-plural.html?m=1

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    1. It came out well, for all you struggled with it! I do love the 'tranquility' as the last sentence of the first part.

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  32. My day 2
    https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/back-home/

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  33. My Day 2: https://charmedchaos.com/2018/10/03/swoon-for-the-moon/

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  34. My Day 2
    https://midwestfantasy.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/poems-on-a-page/

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  35. https://mandibelle16.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/octpowrimo-day-2-photo-challenge-tankas-safari-silence-amwritingpoetry-photochallenge/

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  36. https://scribblesfrommetoyou.wordpress.com/2018/10/03/reflections-octpowrimo2018-2/

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  37. a tanka on the day 2 prompt

    CLOISTER

    Poet's cloister
    Inside the pure heart
    With a calm mind
    Muse is unpredictable
    The flow is unstoppable..sr

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