Day 24 NaPoWriMo says: “Today’s prompt is a bit of a doozy . . . so if you feel like you don’t have it in you, feel free, as always, to take a pass! Today’s challenge is a lipogram/Beautiful Outlaw/Beautiful In-Law. A lipogram is a poem that explicitly refrains from using certain letters. The most classic letter to swear off, at least for English speakers, is “e.” A Beautiful Outlaw is a variation on a lipogram, wherein you refrain from using any of the letters in a certain name. For example, if you chose the name Sarah, then you could not use s, a, r, or h. A Beautiful In-Law is another variant, wherein you only use the letters in a certain name (better pick a long name!)
You might think that any lipogram would end up having to be short, but some people have been successful at virtuoso performances in this vein — check out this excerpt from Christian Bök’s Eunoia, in which he uses no vowels except i. It goes on for nine pages!”
I guess the weather has got me down a bit, still cold although the sun,as it sets, is at its brightest so far today. Still, the day made me think of storms and cold.
So for the prompt, I chose not to use the letter “i”. Here’s my effort.
That Sort of a Day
A vacant acorn husk
spawns dream of tree, the oak
drops seed on ground to feed
woodpeckers and jays as they watch for the soak
of groundwater under trees that tease
yellows and reds to dance under
the faffer of breeze, scuddy weather
set free today the greys and blues of sky.
A storm comes on, then gone before
wet drops reach the lawn.
Today the best place to be
a warm bed or curled upon
the sofa where a fat furry cat
warms the soles of cold feet.
Carol A. Stephen
April 24, 2012