It’s frightening how easily you lose me –
careless, thoughtless or accident prone –
and yet you cherish the poems
and songs I bring you, the dreams
full of forgotten faces with which I lace your sleep
after you’ve remembered all the words
to ‘I pray the Lord my soul to keep’.
Kim M. Russell, 24th April 2017
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On Day 24 of The Poetry School’s NaPoWriMo prompts, we’re writing Single-Use Poems
Ali asks, what is a single-use poem? He says it’s one that breaks after the first time you read it. What falls into that category? Twist Endings. Riddles. Jokes. Sudden revelations. Anything that relies on surprise for its effect. He wants us to write a poem that will make people say, ‘You have to read this. I won’t spoil it for you. Just trust me!’
For inspiration, he suggests we have a look at Matthew Francis’ ‘The Ornamental Hermit’. Michael Donaghy’s ‘Riddle’ is also a good example.