Thursday, April 1, 2010

NaPoWriMo #1: Song Titles

ReadWritePoem's first prompt for National Poetry Writing Month is to jot down the titles to five songs and then incorporate them into a poem.  I randomly picked: "Knowing You, Knowing Me" by Abba, "Just Because" by Bernie Williams, "Beautiful Tragedy" by In This Moment, "The Freshman" by Verve Pipe, and "November Rain" by Guns and Roses.

It's horribly dramatic and depressing.  Sorry! It's just what came out!
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Beautiful Tragedy

The freshman girl
walked into school
in September
her eyes bright
as flashlights
casting around
for friends.

She smiled
at people
but no one smiled
She went to class
She sat by herself
at lunch.
By October
the batteries
in her eyes
had dimmed.
Her hair hung
over them.
Sometime in November,
rain felt like knives
slicing her cheeks.

She started smoking weed
and enticing guys
with promises…
just because…
Her grades plummeted
and in art class
she drew
a picture of garbage
surrounded by flowers
and called it,
“Knowing Me, Knowing You.”

By June
she was wearing
ragged clothes.
She walked
with her head down
and in July
she swallowed
too many pills.


Andy Sewina said...

Phew, tragic story, but I love the progression, especially 'By October the batteries in her eyes had dimmed.'

Happy NaPoWriMo!!

Greg O'Connell Poet in Schools said...

Hi, Linda. I like that you managed such a restrained but stark ending. I'll be back. And I invite you to discover my work on the NaPoWriMo 2010 page at - Greg =)

thisgirlremembers said...

Oh, this gave me chills! Isn't it astounding what comes out when we have to work with words or phrases we'd never have chosen on our own? Beautiful and stark.

Christy said...

Wow! what a sad story you have told here. Well done!

Stan Ski said...

You painted a picture of sadness here.
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