National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #5 (pt. 1)

Here I use the prompt provided by poet (and bookstore owner) Chris Jarmick on his blog, POETRYisEVERYTHING.

The task for Day 5 is to write a poem that includes seven references to falling. My approach was to use parts of song titles that contain some form of the word ‘fall’. All of the songs titles I chose are listed here.

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If the ground doesn’t shake for too long (a poem)

It’s completely a coincidence that I wrote this last night. The first line popped into my head as I was watching the BBC’s Kate Bush documentary. The parenthetical line sums up part of my experience living in Tokyo—if more than a couple of months had passed since the last noticeable earthquake, I’d start to get a little nervous, figuring that the regular small earthquakes helped release energy that might otherwise build up to later produce a much stronger earthquake.

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