Today’s new word:
lucubration n. 1. laborious work, study, thought, etc., especially at night. 2. the result of such activity, as a learned speech or dissertation. Often lucubrations. 3. any literary effort, especially of a pretentious or solemn nature.
Write a poem about something mysterious and spooky!
Write a view poem. Wherever you’re at, you have a view: maybe of a river or sunset. Maybe of a cubicle or a copy machine. Even the blind have a view of darkness, nothingness, or some other -ness. And that’s just being literal, because everyone has views on sports, politics, poetry, etc.
In my midnight lucubrations
when this table slips away and
I see my thoughts so clearly
I can plunder and can play
I don’t mean it as an invite
or, maybe, subconsciously, I do
to everything that must bump in the night
to take a walk on through
My sane mind knows that voices travel
on the lake and through these walls
And I’m conscious that old plumbing
can produce those moaning calls
But alone in lucubration
I get an odd sensation
that the smell of smoker’s residue
pressing on my shivering shoulder
Today’s poetry book for inspiration is Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith