- Look for a well-endowed oak; leafless oaks feign death.
- Collect as many beautiful leaves as you can find. They will be your pages.
- Look out for a great spotted woodpecker, cocking his red-capped head and hammering the bark. That is your meter.
- Hug your tree. Like humans, trees find safety in numbers, and they flourish better in woods than they do alone.
- Listen to your tree; it will whisper words in your ear.
- Trace your poem on the bark of the tree with your finger. It will be there forever.
Kim M. Russell, 4th April 2022
Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem in the form of a poetry prompt. We have been given examples by poet Mathias Svalina, who has been writing surrealist prompt-poems and posting them on Instagram.