Friday, August 20, 2010

24/7, Divination 20

I am participating in Folded Word's writing month event, called "24/7," during August. Participants spend the first 24 days of the month writing short works, then spend the final week in revisions. The second part of this entry gives more details.

I'm not required to give a central theme to the entries, but I chose the theme "Divinations" and am using a pair of dice to generate prompts (values shown below). My prompt for August 20 is to write divination-themed short poetry that uses earth.

Layers Beneath a Firenze Road

Tired centurion
dreams of a gelato cart,
cold nectar of the gods
on a hot Tuscan march.
The Duomo rises, terra-cotta sun.
The future flees as he stirs awake,
his certainty grounded
in eternal Rome.

Florence, February 1987.

Key to dice values:

Blue Die
1 (CE logo). Twitter poetry (140 characters or fewer)
2. Twitter fiction (140 characters or fewer)
3. short poetry (8 lines or fewer)
4. prose poems (under 100 words)
5. micro fiction (40-100 words)
6. flash fiction (101-500 words)

Purple Die
1 (CE logo). Birth
2. Water
3. Air
4. Earth
5. Fire
6. Death

My Random House College Dictionary, Revised Edition, defines "divination" as 1. the attempt to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge by occult or supernatural means; 2. augury; prophecy; 3. perception by intuition; instinctive foresight. One meaning of "occult" is "hidden." That gives me a broad range of interpretation.

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Anonymous Debbie said...

So compelling! I love the idea of you doing a chapbook . . .go for it! :)

3:17 PM  

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