2016 Poem a Day Challenge #28

April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from Writer’s Digest, NaPoWriMo and Kelli Russell Agodon’s list. Occasionally, I may use my own prompt ideas as well.

Today’s Prompt:

Write a poem reflecting on the physical mechanisms of the body.


Create your chart from heads
eight or nine high, an ideal frame
for a man reborn, formless at first;
there is no gender in a spine
from skull to pelvic bone, no power
or sensual intimidation, just gravity,
stability, bravery to move
the hips and knees in rhythm
artfully motioned in hand, shoulder
wrist and skin.
It’s the skin, isn’t it? Constant covering
commanded before we know ourselves well enough
to agree on the rendering, released
to a long life of character development
and costume changes, ink and color
staining the pages of stories reshaping
the essential thing beneath the skin,
the constant sketch…
it should be no surprise that lines
are still being drawn.


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