I want to travel through this life smoothly, but
the map that was drawn long ago is gone–
disappeared when there was no one left to count on.
As I travel alone I must trust my gut
like connecting the dots with lines
and keep following the signs.
Each step I take
will help me make
the decision that gets me from this point to the next
keeping me from feeling vexed
bringing me much joy
and never feeling annoyed.
I chose to use the Pindaric Ode format: abb, acc, ddeeff.
Need to work on metaphor.
Assignment Day 5: Map, Ode, Metaphor
Maps tell stories — about places we know and others we wish to visit, about technology and the speed with which we can traverse vast distances, and about the things we’ll see (or avoid) on our way from point A to point B.
Whether you choose to write about an actual map, an imaginary one, or just about a particular route that means something special to you, make today’s poem about a space you inhabit (or wish to. Or would rather avoid).
Today’s form: ode
An ode is a laudatory poem celebrating a person, an object, a place, etc. In the past, odes followed strict formal requirements — like the (Greek) Pindaric ode or the (Latin) Horatian ode. These days (and for quite some time), odes can come in all forms and sizes — it’s the subject matter that tends to distinguish a poem as an ode
Today’s device: metaphor
A metaphor brings together two terms that aren’t normally connected, yet make sense once they are (its greek roots mean “to carry over”). Unlike its less subtle cousin, the simile, metaphors don’t need connectors like “as” and “like” to link the two things together. They just smash them into each other and hope for the best.