We are nearing the end of the NaPoWriMo challenge, and in case you’re still behind, today’s prompt might give you a break. “U” is for “Utterance.” According to Lewis Turco in The New Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics (University Press of New England, 1986), an utterance is a spontaneous word or phrase. He describes the Japanese form the mondo, which consists of a question and its spontaneous, intuitive answer. As an example, he provides the short poem:
Why does the brook run?
The banks of the stream are green.
Further, he describes the katauta form, which consists of three lines with 5-7-7 syllables, unrhymed. Again, this poem consists of a question and the intuitive (not logical) answer:
Why does the stream run?
The banks of the brook bloom
with roe and cup-moss, with rue.
Today, ask and answer a question in a poem, either using the katauta form or perhaps writing a longer poem.
Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) in the comments.
The NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) challenge is to write 30 poems in 30 days during the month of April. To find out more, visit the official site, NaPoWriMo.net.