Blog Posted:3/17/2019 11:56:00 AM
A poet asked that I clarify a bit more so I will. A muse or contest prompt is simply a seed of inspiration and you are the "Luther Burbank/George Washington Carver" of that seed, restricted only by its specie and any additional required fences. If my prompt had been "Rose" you would have been off and running with love poems and crimson and fragrance and thorns of course, draped in the usual metaphors....this is no different except that fewer are familiar with the plant which grows in warmer climes, has no scent, is vibrantly beautiful in a different way and yes, has thorns, much longer and more intimidating than even a beach rose's phalanx of defense, but I digress, I will look for writes that take it to a new and unexpected place. If your edges are hard or soft, make them poignant. Don't write a wonderful poem and refer to the plant in passing just so it's included BUT, don't make it the center of the poem either. The sexiest temptation is one we cannot see so tempt me, don't tell me, no matter the subject.