The Progress – Day Seven, Poem Seven

These prompts still strangle me. This is #7 and I am still weak with it. I took the time to highlight the more positive sounding prompts so hopefully you can hang in there with me until we get to them during the last part of the month. So, today’s process…

PROMPT SEVEN: Write your father as a ghost town & the silences that inhabit it.


My father was definitely like a ghost since I didn’t grow up with him. But a ghost TOWN? Hmmmmm… Here I go again with the PLACE of this narrative…

The first thing I think is of those old westerns that used to play on Saturday afternoons when I was a kid. The single street with buildings on either side and the tumbleweed rolling across. Always with the tumbleweed.

The silences with my father are really just one big nearly life-long silence since the last time I saw him I was four and the last time I knew he was looking for me and my mom was when I was six (he sent a letter to my godmother and it got forwarded to our address since she was staying with us at the time, but by then he wasn’t at the address and the letter my mom sent got returned. :-/)… and… HOW THE HECK DOES ONE *WRITE* SILENCES??

So I think of the quiet things… the subtle non-human things… the wind and crickets and strong harsh sunlight… the whishing sound the tumbleweed makes as it rolls by… I think of the emptiness of it all and the lack of my father in my life and suddenly I have an image of opening my mouth and there being a fish in my throat.
We’ll see where this train of thought takes me. On with the poeming! ^_^


What is your process when you write? Is there anything that is your standard “go-to” method? Do you use prompts or just write from your own thoughts? I would love to hear your take on this in the comments!

Thanks for reading! ^_^

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