Sunday, October 28, 2018

Day 28: Split in two


The first idea that came into my mind upon seeing this prompt was exactly exemplified by the above image: a dilemma. A split path. A difficult choice. Maybe even a chasm or schism.

These are all rather metaphorical interpretations. As is my next thought - the notion of 'splitting hairs'.

This led me to perhaps more literal - but no less evocative - possible developments of this prompt. What if you dropped something precious on the floor and it broke into two pieces? What would that look like? How would you feel? Could you repair it? Would you want to? Would it still be the same object if you did?

And now I'm getting philosophical again. Sorry about that.

Suggested forms

I'm going to suggest something rather obscure - the Anglo-Saxon riddle - purely for its highly visual split down the middle.

As in:


or this:


Don't worry - nobody expects you to write in Anglo-Saxon!

The most famous Anglo-Saxon riddles are located in the Exeter Book. Unsurprisingly located in Exeter, UK, specifically in Exeter Cathedral. And who spent three years studying ENGLISH LITERATURE, OF ALL THINGS, in Exeter and never ONCE went to see it? *points at self* (...yep. Kick me now.)

I've been informed by someone with a master's in literature from Cambridge, and former education professor, that the gaps in the riddles occur at each line's halfway point - and each half-line is alliterative. So the split is not just visual - which for our purposes is very convenient.

But I understand if you don't feel up to writing a riddle. After all, the ones in the Exeter Book are so complex that many scholars have spent years unravelling them. If nothing else, Megan Cavell's British Library article on the subject makes an entertaining read that it would be a shame for you to miss out on.

Word prompts

broken
dilemma
choice
chasm
schism

With most of my ideas and images above seeming to necessitate action or resolution, I leave you with Abraham Lincoln:


Happy writing!

-- Bianca

Remember that our prompts are only suggestions - go wherever the muse takes you.
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36 comments:

  1. Happy Sunday! :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/day-28-split-in-two/

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    1. Both were awesome and carried the energy of the edge. Thank you

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  2. Interesting article indeed! Here's my split - no riddle though: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/dud/

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    1. I like it, strange though it is with that last line.

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  3. Something tried and tried :D

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2018/10/dilemma.html

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  4. A cleave poem seemed appropriate for this prompt
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/if-only-2/

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  5. https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/split-in-two/

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    1. powerful and effective is what comes to mind.

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  6. I couldn't brain enough to do a riddle, so I did free verse with an indirectly asked question instead.
    Schism

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    2. This is like a glacial fissure forming in a life. Beautiful.

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  7. https://castingsuspicion.blogspot.com/2018/10/adieu.html

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  8. Not a riddle but on prompt sort of! :)

    https://peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/nothing-is-permanent-but-change/

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    1. That's great and so true (I say on the verge of buying a new horse and enlisting an editor for my novel). What a perfect rhyme and beat.

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  9. Here's mine. I tried to keep the lacuna and alliteration that would normally be present in a riddle, while also adhering to the 'split in two' prompt, but it's quite unlike a riddle in that there's not much to guess at!

    https://biancasbookblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/octpowrimo-2018-day-28-split-in-two.html

    Transcribed below, without the lacunae, as I also added an old-timey font for fun (which I appreciate may be difficult to read!):

    We were love-lorn, but not longing or looking.
    Split into two over time, our own earths
    we made, mooning 'round superficial suns.
    Landscapes we left from our extreme efforts:
    separately shining, bright, brilliant,
    like gems glimmering when shovelled from stone.
    We forged the hewn hardware into crowns created
    by fondness, forming a whole heart, from halves.

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  10. My version of Split in Two. https://talesofafamily.blog/2018/10/28/letting-go/#more-14907

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  13. http://tao-talk.com/2018/10/28/poetry-day-28-splitting-herrs/

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  14. Here is mine for Day 28 - Split in two

    https://poetryforhealing.com/2018/10/28/homecoming/

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  15. https://barbarahuntington.com/2018/10/28/octpowrimo-2018-day-28-broken/

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  16. Well, this took me until almost 3 in the morning, but here are the results.

    Title: "Loathsomnia"
    https://spiralartist.wordpress.com/2018/10/28/loathsomnia-day-twenty-eight/

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  17. A day late again. wrote late last night posted on the morning https://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2018/10/split-dilemma.html

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  18. Rushed and late submission...

    Life full of forks
    Choices offered
    Pebbles along the path
    Petals among the pebbles

    Nevertheless

    a choice to endure
    Fortunate for the fork
    For many choice is not an option
    Life without forks....sr

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  19. Here's my take on the prompt -

    http://iscriblr.com/how-do-i-live/

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