For many years (many years ago!) I subscribed to and read many different poetry websites to get ideas. It wasn’t until recently I returned to the habit of reading about and finding new ideas for poetry. Today, in my mailbox was the daily theme from Figment and it is a challenge I must try to complete :). Today’s Figment Daily Theme is
Write a poem using the following five words (not in order and not lumped together):
solace, tangerine, blood, fire, hunger
As I deconstruct this prompt, as I am wont to do, I see many different ideas just behind my eyes. One, begins with using those words in a very typical fashion and using vampires as the muse. However, I want to be different, I don’t want to be typical with this prompt. So, let’s see how it works out…
Blood-red charged emotions sling from within
A tortured soul lost among the crowd.
To see the soul within her surroundings
Imagine a hallway long and cluttered,
Cluttered with others wearing masks
To hide the hunger deep within.
For who hungers not to be accepted
By those we admire and work to impress?
Seeking solace within a world seemingly
Built on chaotic premises, purposely
Causing the lost to falter.
The lost soul works to find an outlet
For the emotions roiling inside.
But, instead of harnessing their power,
She finds them leaking out ceaselessly
Spilling over onto those masked figures
Surrounding and encapsulating her.
They seem not to notice the fire now
Corrupting their souls, lost themselves
Among the corridor of the world.
The tangerine sweetness of imitating
Those who fit in by wearing their masks
Now loses its hold over the lost soul.
Her fire becomes their fire.
Their masks are soon lost.
They join her charged emotions
To show they stand together as one
In a hallway no longer meant for one.
-Angela Quiram 2012