NaPoWriMo – Day 10

NaPoWriMo – Day 10

The day ten prompt was to write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. Some fun images of book spine poems can be found here. If we wanted to take things a step further, we could gather a list of titles from our shelves (every third or fifth book, perhaps) and using the titles, as close to the originals as possible, create a poem that is seeded throughout with our own lines, interjections, and thoughts.  Now I have a lot of books, and the thought of going through all of them was a bit overwhelming.  So I decided to stick with one author, Charles Dickens, and used the titles of his novels to write my poems.  When NaPoWriMo is over, I may add to the collection.

What the Dickens?

Great Expectations
He had
Our Mutual Friend
Such high hopes in him
David Copperfield
He put all the evidence together
Hard Times

The document became known as
The Pickwick Papers
He presented it to
Dombey and Son
But they couldn’t solve
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Years later
Little Dorrit
Found the papers in her
Bleak House
And took them to
Oliver Twist
Who owned
The Old Curiosity Shop

Nicholas Nickleby
Oliver’s business associate and
Martin Chuzzlewit
Who was himself, a nomad
A Tale of Two Cities
Took them to the mysterious
Barnaby Rudge
Turns out it was only the lyrics to
A Christmas Carol

Copyright D M Day 2016


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