NaPoWriMo, Day 9: some things to watch out for in a poem

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Prompt: “And now, without further ado, our (optional) prompt for the day. In his interview, Smith mentions “ants roll{ing} epic” – a rather charming image! In honor of it, we challenge you today to write a poem in which something big and something small come together. Happy writing!”

some things to watch out for in a poem

something big             something small          something
.                     with wings

something hungry       or sated                       something
.                   that doesn’t know what it wants

to die, to sleep             perchance
.                to write a poem

something that grows on trees            like money
.             but juicier                    something       with a pit
pick it                       eat it                break
.          your teeth on it

something that strokes your neck at night
.              not a feather         not someone’s breath       not even
a dream

something that clings to a wall           scurries along
.              the ground                   binds your hands        bursts
out of your mouth

something that stretches         lingers             grows
.                                                                deafening
follows wherever you go

something that holds up the sky         gets caught
.                in your teeth                makes clamshells weep

something covered with moss you pull up to your chin
.                  over your lips             your eyes         your naked
thoughts

something that breaks              into song
.                     when you expect it the least

something that drops from the sky                 shatters on impact
.                  bleeds

something with a tail to nuzzle into your palm           to pierce
.              the soft                shell of your heart             something
to take home

something that rolls from under your feet      gathers
.              no moss           loves              glass houses        something
to hold in your fist

something with roots you want to slip       sleep under
.            climb into           hug          borrow its skin

something neither too big                   nor too small
.                          something           in-between

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