NaPoWriMo fourth attempt. I took inspiration today from Poetry Review, where Fady Joudah has written some Textu poems. The form rule is it must be 160 characters long, he suggests that this form creates a poem that is ‘defined by character count, not syllable.’ I notice another blogger The Quirk on the Hill blogspot has also tried out the form for NaPoWriMo.
I like the idea of a text poem, it reminds me of ‘Poems are the original text messages’ Carol Ann Duffy quote, and I found it fun to write some short poems based on character count. However I did get confused on whether I was doing it right, is it character count including spaces or not including spaces? In the end I just went with not including spaces, so this is probably my own take on it, but I may try again limiting myself to even less space next time.
I recognise the weather
It beats the trees, beheads
One of the only flowers
That has managed to blossom;
It is familiar. The sun of those
Golden weeks was unexpected,
I gladly relax in this rain.
Last night dreamt of chasing butterflies
They were yellow with a dash of blue
Along the wings. Google dream symbols (butterflies):
Denotes your need to settle down.
I didn’t know I was afloat.
You are sad you forgot your waterproof.
This wind is cold enough to take the lips
from my face. Stop exaggerating you say,
only you don’t, but re-enact my
chattering teeth pantomime. Brrrr.