prompt 159 Wizard of Oz revisited
We know this is very early and the time is out of sync and all. It’s Tuesday in the Northern Hemisphere and Wednesday in the Southern Hemisphere. But what if we swopped places? What if you’re no longer in the place that you are? Does it mean you would have time-travelled? Something that happens when you fly between time zones anyway. That’s what we’re doing for this week’s prompt. We’re (i.e. your protagonist is) travelling. If you haven’t posted a poem to the last prompt, you can still do so. It’s just that we’re now travelling at different velocities. But don’t we do that anyway, each one of us? And don’t we also find ourselves in a different place each time?
Do you read fiction? The sort of fiction where the protagonist goes through a storm/hole/well/mirror/door? Well, this is what you will have the protagonist do. Your protagonist will permeate some wall/door/mirror thing and enter a parallel universe, one which obviously is very different from the usual space he/she was inhabiting. You don’t have to do it literally if you don’t want to. The point is to place the protagonist in a strange place, so he/she will be thinking, how bizarre! Or at the very least, how interesting! The place is unfamiliar. The protagonist visits a strange land, stumbles into alien territory. You know, like Dorothy/Alice/Gulliver, etc etc. What is in this landscape? Who is there? Is it a dream or part of the story? Is this landscape the protagonist’s imagination? What does it all mean? How does it relate to who the protagonist is? Is it part of a quest? This is the place marked X on the map which says, “here there be dragons/monsters/centaurs/unicorns!” Is this where dreams come true? Is this where the protagonist undertakes a journey he/she needs to realize destiny? Or is this part of a psychic exploration? Whatever it is, we’re not in Kansas anymore!
So this is the sixth poem in the series. We’re working on ten prompts for the series. You may choose to write selectively to any prompt as if it’s a stand alone prompt or you may choose to write a series of poems on the protagonist. The choice is yours. You are not compelled to write ten poems on the protagonist. Only if you want to.
Please link your poem to this post once it’s written. You have all week to write. Next Thursday, we’ll see you for a new prompt. Like we said, you are free to write a series or treat these prompts as separate jumping off points for a new poem. However, if you choose to write a series, then the idea is that the protagonist will somehow tie all your poems together so there’s a kind of storyline going on. You are taking your protagonist on a journey one prompt at a time.