Poetry Writing Prompt: Southern California

Southern California has a ton of imagery already associated with it (see below), that writing a poem describing the place probably will not do it justice. Either way, I decided to rise up to the challenge and see without being literal if I could incorporate the feeling and essence of Southern California in a nonsensical way using words and rhythm.

Before I began writing the poem I jotted down a list of things that instantly came to mind when I thought of Southern California:

  • beach
  • palm trees
  • wave
  • ocean
  • sand
  • coconut
  • surfboards
  • skater boys
  • sunglasses
  • red hot chili peppers
  • TJ miller
  • silicon valley
  • pavement
  • chillax

As I said, I was trying to write a poem that didn’t have a literal story but rather gave the sense of being in Southern California relying on nonsense and perhaps and also trying to emphasize rhythm. I had to figure out what the rhythm of the ocean was. And I couldn’t really like of a way to do that in regards to iambs, so I decided the best way to do that was actually through line breaks and word count.

Burning Sun,
Alleving Water.
Scortching Sun,
Relieving Water.
Blazing Sun,
Comforting Water.
Charing Sun,
Rescuing Water.
Incinerating Sun,
Giving Water.
Melting Sun,
Supporting Water.
Smoldering Sun,
Calming Water.
Torching Sun,
Abating Water.
Baking Sun,
Cooling Water.
Broiling Sun,
Chilling Water.
Cauterizing Sun,
Hushing Water.
Cremating Sun,
Sedating Water.
Roasting Sun,
Quieting Water.
Scalding Sun,
Assauging Water.
Singe-ing Sun,
Appeasing Water.
Smoking Sun,
Blue Water.

Well, it’s not the best piece of poetry that I have ever written. The opposing themes reminded me of the ebb and flow of the waves. I get sunburnt and there’s nothing greater than going into the ocean to cool off from the hot sun. I hope you agree that I captured the essence of California. As they say “It Never Rains In Southern California”

Poetry Writing Prompt: Superhero Poems

I decided that I would try a poetry writing prompt and write with you an original piece of poetry. The prompt is by Kelli Russell for National Poetry month and states the following:

Write a poem about a superhero coming to your house and confronting you about something. Somewhere in the poem, you have to say what your superpower is.

Here goes nothing!

I gasp for air as I am startled awake.
The sound of the window – Crash it makes.
A figure mysteriously appears in front of me.
He is in silhouette, his face I can’t see.
His shape is none other than the Caped Crusader!
Why has he come to my personal dwelling? This invader!
Has he no consideration?
To what do I owe this unexpected visitation?
He moves away from the window. He comes into view.
My eyes adjust enough to see the scowl on his face. Something is askew.
Has he learned my secret?
Has he learned my superpower?
My ability to eat as much as I want and not gain any weight!
Oh! What could he want at this hour!
Does this make me targetted?
Is he here as friend or foe?
Is there anyone else after me?
I do not know!

Well, I don’t think it’s too bad considering that I just made up most of that stuff on the spot. When I knew I had to write about a superhero I knww that Batman was going to be somewhat involved. He’s my favorite superhero of all time. I also knew that if Batman was going to go visit someone it would have to be at night time and the room would be dark. So I tried very hard to get that imagery within the confines of the poem. I personally like to write rhyming poetry even though I know my meter and rhythm are not consistent throughout the piece. I am not Shakespeare. I am Batman!