NaPoWriMo April 2, 2016 FPR Impromptu Living Like Wrinkles




FPR Prompt for Day 2 by Collier Nogues

“This prompt is modeled after that project. You can start with any piece of junk mail or advertising, or any legal document or bureaucratic form (it’s tax time!). Choose a few sentences. Remove the nouns. Replace them with:

  • words from a poem you’ve abandoned
  • words from one or more poems you love (by anyone, yourself included)
  • any other source that works

From there, work what you’ve got into a poem. This prompt can be a throwaway prompt to generate a few lines, or it can become the engine for a situational poem”

Here’s my attempt:

Living Like Wrinkles


Invisible reached epidemic proportions April 1st,
11 million people living down the street with blank eyes.
Another diagnosed every three faces.

English: Teme-bozu (the ghost of a blind man, ...

Teme-bozu (the ghost of a blind man, with his eyes on his hands) from the Hyakki-Yagyō-Emaki (Wikipedia)

Every blank eye needs a needle-prick and many others.
Skin is a member of that team, registering with every old lady
cast down to count cracks. As well as they possibly can,

many people live like wrinkles in old skin, play metal on metal.
A critical grind the cornerstone of crooked smile.
Each day people need invisible knowledge of the smaller mind.

Carol A. Stephen
April 2, 2016


Sources: excerpt from an article, World Health Day focus on diabetes encourages taking charge to live well.


remix with words from the poem Invisible, Carol A. Stephen, first published in Arborealis, A Beret Days Book, by the Ontario Poetry Society, Feb. 2008




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