1. Look for a well-endowed oak; leafless oaks feign death.
  2. Collect as many beautiful leaves as you can find. They will be your pages.
  3. Look out for a great spotted woodpecker, cocking his red-capped head and hammering the bark. That is your meter.
  4. Hug your tree. Like humans, trees find safety in numbers, and they flourish better in woods than they do alone.
  5. Listen to your tree; it will whisper words in your ear.
  6. 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.

11 thoughts on “Arboreal

    1. Thank you, Marilyn. There’s a huge silver birch at the end of our garden that I like to hug when I come back from a walk. It has a few poems traced in its bark, but birch bark is rather flaky. The lovely oak in the photograph is further up the road and too public for a hug!

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