Prompt #117 What words mean…
What words mean…
We Write Poems:
As writers we know that words can mean more than only one thing. Some words clearly have multiple meanings. Some words, while literally having a single meaning, can radically shift depending upon the context in which they are used or framed. That’s what we’re looking for this week, how meanings change.
Write a poem that begins and ends with a one word line, that word being the same at both beginning and ending. Yet allow the body of the poem to create that shift in meaning for that one word. Brevity here is not a rule this week, however since the point is focused on that one word try not to have the poem distract from that purpose of craft. So brevity and simplicity would likely be a good idea, but we’re not counting words or lines this week. Rather, make your words and lines as potent and meaningful as you can, all the more to enhance your first and last word.
Maybe start with your single word, and build the poem around it. Else think of a poem idea, then find a word that changes meaning relative to the context of that idea. Either way.
Challenge enough? Have fun!
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