It has been a busy few days. Most important, we can now move around the county, so we filled a thermos flask and got some bickies to go stare at a lake, pat mossy rocks and bathe in psychodelic woodland green. I have been writing – and teaching. We used the Personal Universal deck idea proposed in NaPoWriMo Day 3. Trickier than one might think and it takes longer if you pay attention to all the codaciles of the rules outlined on Paul E. Nelson’s website. Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt has called me to look to Northern Ireland, which has dogged our headlines now for nearly a fortnight. Not even the Duke of Edinburgh’s death has quelled the disruption in its ‘situation’ as they say locally.
Today’s prompt comes from the Instagram account of Sundress Publications, which posts a writing prompt every day, all year long. This one is short and sweet: write a poem in the form of a news article you wish would come out tomorrow.NaPoWriMo 2021, Day 13
Imagine It was quiet in Belfast last night. The Peace Line stayed serene - no bonfires, pitched battles, burning buses - no need for tear gases or water canon. A few wise women, probably all Irish mammies, took the tearaway public school boys, a few mandarins from many nations, much less all those recalcitrant husbands, sons, brothers, tongueing them to " just catch yerselves on!" It may not have been perfect peace, but we appreciated the quiet.