Poetry Prompt #3: January 2, 2015

Choose a part of speech or a linguistic topic and research it a bit. This research can be anything: languages that do not use adverbs, the history of the semicolon, German language verbals, sexist language in English, and hyphenated and non-hyphenated compound words are just a few examples.
Write a poem that explores whatever topic you have chosen, and overuse whatever your topic is in your poem. 
 
To read some poems that address in a variety of ways, parts of speech, click on the following links:
Steve Kowit "The Grammar Lesson"
Tony Hoagland "Grammar"
Joseph Brodsky "A Part of Speech"
Rita Mae Reese "The Alphabet Conspiracy"
 
Below is one of my favorite poems which plays with idioms and cliche. It is not exactly an example of what we are going for here, but it is inspirational in other ways. (And remember--the point of a prompt is to get you to write, not to see how well you follow rules.)
 
Count Down
 
Robin Morgan
 
Survival is the final offer
that arrives at the eleventh hour
just when pain to the tenth power
would kill you with another ninth degree.
 
By then, relief strikes you brief as an eighth note;
you wear doom proudly; it’s your seventh seal.
But life whispers through your sixth sense
of what might await you in some fifth dimension
 
where miracle is saved for the fourth quarter.
Tricked, you sigh and rise on the third day.
You know better, but with no second thought,
risk that first step—absurd as first love at first sight—
 
as if you were back at ground zero, as if it cost
nothing, as if this were not the last laugh.
 
 
 
Have fun with this prompt! Send me what you come up with!
 
 

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