Monday, August 23, 2010

24/7, Divination 23

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 23 is to write divination-themed short poetry that uses death.

Highest Common Denominator

Bright vegetables in the garden
grow from small bodies churned into humus.

Worms tunnel through and digest the world.

Every moment is more cells shed. We die
and go on living. Here, take my skin,

your dreams, his memories, her marrow.
We are one today and will be on the morrow.

Earthworm, photographed in April 2006.

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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Blogger Peg Duthie said...

Enjoyed this, Elissa -- especially "his memories, her marrow" -- something about the cadence of that I really like.

7:16 PM  
Blogger e_journeys said...

Thanks, Peg!

2:16 PM  

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