Belated NaPoWriMo – Borderlands

(NaPoWriMo was in April. I started the month planning to attempt poetry at least some of the time…but April turned out to be a high-stress and therefore low-creativity month. Ah well. I can still try out some of the suggested prompts, right?)

This is a poem of sorts inspired by the prompt for April 20 – write something using at least five words from a list.*

At the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a large, roughly cubical, chunk of granite balances on one corner.Borderlands

So show me, where does dry land turn to ocean?
The edge is slippery, elusive, lost.
Beyond the shore, the quahogs mimic stones.
Upwind, the forest generates owls.
Let’s quarry shells and build ourselves a house
Where owls swim silent overhead all night.

* owl
generator
abscond
upwind
squander
clove
miraculous
dunderhead
cyclops
willowy
mercurial
seaweed
gutter
non-pareil
artillery
salt
curl
ego
rodomontade
elusive
twice
ghost
cheese
cowbird
truffle
svelte
quahog
bilious

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6 responses to “Belated NaPoWriMo – Borderlands

  1. Really nice, Sharon. Real life certainly intrudes on virtual life sometimes, doesn’t it? :-)

    janet

  2. Of course I had to go find out what quahog meant! A lovely piece Sharon and what s cool idea.

    • Thank you, Gilly! It was interesting to see how the idea emerged out of playing with the words.

      And for those who aren’t as ambitious as Gilly or don’t have a good dictionary handy – a quahog is a type of clam found along the northeastern coast of the US (and probably on northward into Canada – what do clams care about national borders?). When at rest, it looks like a smooth, fist-sized gray rock. When not at rest, it opens its shell slightly to let sea water flow through so it can strain food out of the water.

  3. Love the forest generating owls.

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