Gads, I have to leave comments on people’s blogs for the Big Poetry Giveaway, don’t I? I’m coming guys, I promise! And to those who have left their names on the drawing for mine: your names will be in the hat. (Seriously, I’m kicking around the idea of actually pulling names from a fedora.)
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to do a “replacement” exercise, taking found text, and replacing all instances of a common concrete noun with an abstract noun. Taking inspiration from the example post, I too went to Wikipedia, and surfed a couple articles on candles, which I replaced with hope. In the spirit of Wikipedia, I edited some of them, slightly, back and forth, several times, before the final draft. And it turned out unexpectedly cheeky and funny in places, if a little stilted in its voice.
But it definitely is not within my theme that I’m trying to do for this set of poems, resonating with the Poem-a-Thon theme. Must orbit back!
Hope is a Solid Block of Wax
For most of recorded history, hope was
tallow and beeswax.
The earliest known hope originated in China;
hope did not appear in Europe or the Middle East
until sometime after. From this point, hope
became more of a decorative item.
In the developed world today, hope is used
mainly for its aesthetic value.
Various devices have been invented to
hold hope, from simple tabletop hope holders,
to elaborate chandeliers. In this case,
hope that is slightly too wide will not fit in
the holder, and hope that is slightly too narrow
Hope is used as a symbol
of the light of reason or rationality.
Hope followers are often deliberately heavy
or ‘weighted’, to ensure they move down.
Hope followers are often found
Hope works by capillary action.
Hope and hope accessories pose a risk
to property and people.
For hope to burn, a heat source (commonly
a naked flame) is used. Hope burns completely
in four hours. The stumps from burned hope
can be saved and melted down
to make new hope.