Day 29 of the NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge…”The Vortex”

Today’s poetry prompt is called: “Twenty Little Poetry Projects,” and was originally developed by Jim Simmerman. And here are the twenty little projects themselves — the challenge is to use them all in one poem:

In an effort to keep my poem from becoming too long, I didn’t use all 20 of the given projects. I’ve highlighted the ones I actually used in my poem.

  1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
  2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
  3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
  4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
    5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
    6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
  5. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
  6. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
  7. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
  8. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
  9. Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”
  10. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
  11. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”
  12. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
  13. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
  14. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
  15. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
  16. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
  17. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).
  18. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.

Here is my submission:

“The Vortex”

The dryer is a vortex,

every time I do a load

a sock goes missing.

I search high and low.

I think it runs away

to avoid undies kissing.

A clean load of laundry

soft and fresh,

still warm like a snubbed coal.

The slight hiss of static cling.

The crisp mountain breeze scent

wafts up as I start to fold.

The feel of the sweet smell

almost makes the chore a joy…

almost…not quite!

The hot sunshine in St. John’s

makes your laundry dry in record time;

ask my neighbour Mrs. White.

I always find my socks

when I unload the dryer.

They’re always in a pair.

Some machines are a wee bit sneaky:

most of your laundry you’ll recover

but some vanish in thin air.

We all like to wear clean clothes

and look our very best.

Why some vanish is a mystery:

a single sock,

your favourite shirt!

Argh! C’est la vie!

The dryer gives me

a Mona Lisa smile

as I close the Missing Socks case.

I think it is a magic box

where dirty clothes are made clean

and renegade socks sent to space!


(Copyright 2014 chattinatti)

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Courtesy: Wikipedia


11 thoughts on “Day 29 of the NaPoWriMo Poetry Challenge…”The Vortex”

  1. One of the worlds greatest mysteries – socks and dryers – I wonder if there is a parallel universe with mountains of mismatched socks. Great poem and use of the prompt 😉

  2. This made me smile so much! Who cares if you didn’t use all the what-cha-ma-call-its! If this is the result, I say go with it! Love, love!

    • Lol! It is! We need to form a Sock Bureau of Investigations! 😀 Thank you so much Kiana! I’ve enjoyed yours as well and I’m also following. You write very well! 🙂

  3. A hilarious poem about an all-too-common phenomenon! I’m not sure why “undies kissing” made me laugh so much, or why I’m admitting that to you! 😀 You have a truly unique way of seeing the world and describing it. I absolutely love your poetry, Natti!

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