This was Sennah Yee's directive today at FPR:
Travel websites have always intrigued me with their language—visual, lush, and sometimes a bit dramatic and naive.
Browse travel websites and write down any words/phrases that interest you: descriptions and/or customer reviews of resorts, landmarks, attractions, hotels, restaurants, etc.
Craft a poem using only these words/phrases. You may arrange them in any way you wish.'
One of my dreams is to one day travel around Scandinavia, see the Northern Lights, indulge my interest of Norse history and mythology; perhaps it is because I have traced my own ancestors back to the Normans and from there to various Scandinavian countries. Today I went on a virtual tour of Iceland, Sweden and Norway to come up with my response to the prompt.
The shimmering curtain
transforms into spirit
Aurora’s coil of fire
carve black lava burials
from stacked stone
in luminous light
his funeral pyre
a tectonic tearing
of a shield-walled soul
A writer - I think that says it all.