National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #16 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 16 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Write a poem with four adjectives in it, then remove the adjectives and replace them with nouns. (

Harder than it sounds. I have included the original adjectives with strikethroughs, with the replacement noun following. In the first line of the first stanza, I added a word after the original noun to make the substitution work.

Yes, I left another alone, as it is technically a determiner. (I looked it up to make sure).

It is a tragic shock, this sight—
the history, the mystery
gone up in flames
licking the hallowed sacrament walls
felling the iconic trademark spire

The world stops
in stunned ton of bricks silence
papers splash pictures
across their top banner halves

portable bundle billboards to remind us
of another apocalypse

But as we look at that familiar memory vision
let us remember
this fundamental home truth:

It is a imaginary dream life we have lost
memories will fall away
if not soon, then someday

(15 April 2019—posted April 16th)

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