NaPoWriMo Day 2 Prompt 3

I wrote this this morning after a dream I don’t remember:

when you’re nostalgic
you become transparent
invisible to the present
elsewhere
and still here

here are some haiku and 5/7/5 haiku I wrote today:

forget-me-nots
wave hello in the wind
I can’t remember your name

gazing at bluebells
your cell phone rings
Highway to Hell

when the sun came out
the religious right went back
to geocentrics

April National
Poetry Month, more than just
old dead white guy poems

three times I’ve written
haiku that were really good
but, no, not this one

and Chris Jarmick’s prompt for tomorrow tonight (and its weird one):

“Prompt number 3

I’ve never encountered this challenge or prompt before but I figure someone must have come up with it before. It uses found poetry /cross-out poetry. Use a newspaper, or magazine article (print or digital). Choose two paragraphs and from those two paragraphs construct your opening line for your poem by using just the words that are there in the same order (crossing out ones you don’t use). Try to NOT use consecutive words (except articles: a, an, the, etc.).

Your poem’s second line is one you come up with.

For the poems third, and fifth line choose two more paragraphs to get your sentences from.

Your poem should be at least 6 lines long. 8 to 10 is even better. The odd number lines are ‘found’, the even number lines you write. Develop a subject, tone, and voice if possible.”

So I have on hand a Great Courses catalog,
the first paragraph (and first line) is from a course titled, “Succeed in Thinking Strategically”
the second paragraphs (third line) is from “Learn the Secrets of Great Communicators”
the third paragraphs and fifth line is from “Learn the Secrets of Tasting and Making Spirits and Cocktails”

thinking is a skill that leads to whatever

six strangers amazed by addition

spirits of secret tequila can transform you

so the poem such as it is is:

Thinking is a skill that leads to whatever
five out of six dentists can agree on
six strangers amazed by addition
count teeth and fall asleep
but spirits of secret tequila can transform you
now one of the six is growing new teeth on a small ranch in San Jose

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