- Brew strong rich dark coffee. Inhale deeply to awaken muse.
- Take journal, pen, and mug outside on deck.
- Contemplate gulls, shapeshifting clouds, dark wet seaweed blown to shore.
- Sip coffee, tasting words that come to mind.
- Let ideas ebb and flow like rhythmic tides.
- Look to horizon then back to shore, reeling in wayward words.
- Let them tumble like sea glass sculpted by waves, smoothing thoughts into poetic lines.
- Put pen to journal page. Curved script like ripples etched in sand.
- Edit between sips as nouns and verbs wrestle like squawking gulls over luscious scraps of food.
- When mug is drained and poem complete, stand by water’s edge and read aloud, your gift to the sea.
Written for NAPOWRIMO Day 4. Our prompt today: “write a poem . . . in the form of a poetry prompt. If that sounds silly, well, maybe it is! But it’s not without precedent. The poet Mathias Svalina has been writing surrealist prompt-poems for quite a while, posting them to Instagram. You can find examples here, and here, and here.“
Photo from one of our annual two week sojourns at the Watermark Inn in Provincetown, MA.