Today’s new word:
horripilation n. a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose bumps.
Write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
- Write a love poem. All you need is love.
- Write an anti-love poem. Or not.
Things that are love
Diving into cold water starts a vibration
that tingles and lingers with horripilation
Curling up with words when the sky fills with rain
finding that poem to read again and again
The warmth of your silence as we both think and write
laughing at silly things, you collect a sound bite
things we say when we’re together
Things that are not love
Getting my blood pressure checked at the dentist
As if the dentist wasn’t enough cause for alarm
Shortness of breath while playing the flute
Everyone staring while the notes putter out
Florists who never deliver birthday flowers,
So you return from the door disappointed each hour
Bee stings and cupboard moths and midnight pillow spiders
Today’s poetry book for inspiration is Smudgy and Lossy by John Myers.