prompt 194 Happy New Year
Hi, this is Elizabeth. Someone has coaxed me from my cave, inviting me to create prompts here at We Write Poems for the month of January. Thanks Irene.
We can and often do use tools to write. This week we’ll be using a Thesaurus, one of which may be found at Thesaurus.com. Of course if you prefer, you may use your own copy of a Thesaurus.
Now, on a piece of paper, mark off three columns. Each column will begin with one of three words. The words are:
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Using the Thesaurus find a synonym (similar meanings) for the word Happy. Then one for New. And another for Year as a period of time.
On the next line do the same with antonyms (opposite or contrasting meanings). You won’t find an antonym for the word year because it designates a precise period of time, but a word designating either a longer or shorter period of time ( such as second or century) will do.
Please try choosing words that you normally don’t use, choose them for their sounds, or your immediate response to them, paying attention to the associations that might arise when reading them. You may repeat that process several times if you like, giving yourself more choices.
Then pair some of the words, and/or try some phrases using them. Sit back, breathe and just let your mind float through whatever comes. You are seeking associations, sound a-likes, or phrases that tweak your imagination.
Example: One of the words I chose for happy was intoxicated. I found pairings with the antonyms antiquated and out of date. Just let the words rest in your mind for a few minutes and see what happens. Take notes.
Build your poem using some or all of these words or phrases in whatever fashion you wish. This is wordplay so you will not be limited to length, or word count, or poetic form. The words themselves will offer avenues to explore, paths yet untravelled. That is my wish for you in this coming new year.
The wish for a Happy New Year does not have to constitute the theme of your poem. This list of words may suggest many other things. Have fun and write.