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NaPoWrMo 2022 – Day #4

Today we were challenged to write a poem . . . in the form of a poetry prompt. If that sounds silly, well, maybe it is! But it’s not without precedent. The poet Mathias Svalina has been writing surrealist prompt-poems for quite a while, posting them to Instagram.


  1. Two hikers seek shelter from a storm
  2. Find a deserted house in the desert
  3. Inside there is only an out-of-place Chinese Cabinet with a key in the lock
  4. Curiosity drives them to open it
  5. A strangely clad man exits the cabinet
  6. He speaks in a language they don’t understand
  7. The storm rages outside
  8. Now write a poem by choosing 10 words from these lines, adding your favourite colour, lucky number, the names of your father and mother, an exotic cocktail, and a random item from today’s news.

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