|The face - a part of the body that garners|
Poets have long celebrated and castigated the body in verse. A classic example is Walt Whitman's poem The Body Electric:
"To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough,
To pass among them or touch any one, or rest my arm ever so lightly round
his or her neck for a moment, what is this then?
I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea.
There is something in staying close to men and women and looking on them,
and in the contact and odor of them, that pleases the soul well,"
Also then there is Lucille Clifton's poem Homage to my Hips:
"these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips."
Prompt #19: Write a poem that features some aspect of the body. Think about the senses, illness versus wellness, what the body can do and how it enables or inhibits how we interact with the world. Imagine bodily experiences that create a strong impression, such as childbirth, running a marathon, injury in a car accident, a heart transplant, or the first dance at a wedding. Also imagine experiences such as dissociation that take us away from our body. What does it mean to "live in the body" or to be "grounded in the body?" Think of the general concepts we have surrounding the body such as nudity, shame or pride, body shapes and sizes, how body relates to concepts of beauty, etc. Consider these questions as you craft your poem.
For something more specific, use a standard form to write this poem that includes both meter and rhyme.
As always I will be considering the body as my theme while looking at sci-fi-, fantasy, or horror poetry.
Did you use this or one of our other prompts? You can post your poem in our comments, if you like.
Prompts crafted by:
J.A. Grier, Senior Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute
Amy Grier, Managing Editor, Solstice Literary Magazine
Image Credits: Venus of Arles CC 2.5 Wikimedia Commons