Sunday, April 2, 2017

NaPoWriMo 2017 - Prompt #2 - Longing for Place

The desert Southwest of the U.S. - I long for this.
Our prompt for the second day of NaPoWriMo 2017 comes from the Welsh word hiraeth.  This word does not exist in English; it is a complex mix of feelings centered around a longing for place.  It includes a sort of homesickness, a nostalgia for a location you've been, a deep wistfulness, or a yearning to return somewhere that may no longer exist.

So Prompt #2 is this:  Write a poem that calls forth hiraeth.  Is there a place for which you long?  It is somewhere you have been or only imagine going?  Does it really exist, or only exist in the past, or in your mind?  Have you been homesick?  Do you yearn for mountains, oceans, or fields of flowers?  Consider the answers to these questions as you craft your poem.

If you want something more specific, try writing this feeling in blank verse (a poem with distinct meter but no end rhymes).

And of course, as usual, I'll be trying to express this sensation through a speculative theme like science fiction, fantasy, or horror.

Happy Writing!

Prompts crafted by:
J.A. Grier, Senior Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute and
Amy Grier, Managing Editor, Solstice Literary Magazine
Image Credit:  My pic of the desert southwest, Arizona.

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