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January 7, 2013


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Prompt: January 7, 2013

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:38 AM by Vigilo:iconvigilo:
Belatedly: Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had some great holidays.
Enjoy the first prompt of the year - which is appropriately, rather nostalgic! :heart:


SubtletiesYou are a rose the color of glistening coal,
so beautiful yet untouchable,
so near yet unreachable.
I hover in the coolness of your shadow,
a mindless bee salivating from temptation.
But for you,
the gaze of one is like the gaze of many.
You arch with precision,
showing off your regal origins.
For days now,
I have battled with the urge,
to simply entangle myself in the softness of your petals;
to lose myself in your thick cloying scent of spring.
But I am ever mindful of your thorns,
they glitter with determination;
ready to poison anyone with nefarious intentions.
It took me awhile,
I must apologize;
for me to finally see.
The reason you keep away from others,
for all eternity.
You use your beauty as a shield,
preferring to remain aloof;
you never really feel.
I never realized,
how tough it really be.
Living under Death's presence;
not a life for me...

Subtleties by kiwi2191.
"You arch with precision,
showing off your regal origins.

For days now,
I have battled with the urge,
to simply entangle myself"

This is a clever, clever poem for our last prompt by kiwi2191 using the idea of roses and how long they physically last - as she says in the artist's comments, "we never really think about the fact that they grace us with their presence for barely any time before fading away" - and she conveys this through a lovely, complex personification of the rose, addressing it directly. The poem is at once introspective and wondering, and a fluid example of a poem that moves from one thought to another to create a purposeful narrative.

My critique on the piece can be found here.


Write about what you will leave behind - your own personal archaeology. What will survive of you, what sorts of objects, and what history do they have? Will you leave behind a wardrobe, a library, your keychains, a box of photo albums? "Think about your own archaeology, in the broadest sense. Your legacy, however mundane, will be something imperishable; [...] the ring-pulls from your nightly can of cider; your kitchen scissors; your Smurf collection."
From Jo Bell's workshop on digging deep: personal archaeologies.

Don't forget to submit your responses to the folder here if you want to be featured!


Here are some other resources (from around the internet) chockfull of prompts for both prose and poetry, ready to help you out if you're in need of any. Right now, we only have four; if you have any suggestions for prompts or for resources or anything related at all, let us know in the comments, that'd be great! :heart:

Outside dA:
:bulletred: Language is a Virus.
:bulletblack: NaPoWriMo archive.
:bulletred: Toasted Calendar.
:bulletblack: Easy Street Prompts.

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Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
One more question :B can we submit the work that is already in the prompt folder to the actual gallery folder in order to get critique?
Vigilo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Writer
Of course! As long as you have the necessary feedback questions and a link to a critique you've made, of course, but yeah, feel free to! :heart:
Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks again :)
Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hello, I'd like to ask if we need to provide a link to a criticism for submitting a work for the prompt?
Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, nevermind, I believe I cleared that out, we just submit it to the appropriate folder in your favourites, right? :)
Vigilo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Writer
Aye, that's right! No critique needed for the folder in our favourites. :D However, if you do want to submit your piece to our gallery, then all the requirements for a critique and feedback questions apply. :heart:
Vainamoinenian Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :) I'll keep that in mind
Know-It-Like-A-Poet Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I think I found my object... but now I'm wondering, can it be past tense? Like something I've left behind (in the story but not yet in real life.) And do I have to be the speaker, or can someone else be talking about me in the poem? Another question, sorry, does the poem have to totally revolve around this object or can it just have its impact when it is mentioned? There is only one object I'm writing about so there definitely wouldn't be any confusion.
Vigilo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Writer
Hi - alright, to your questions, in order: past tense sounds alright to me, and no, you don't have to be the speaker, and the poem doesn't have to revolve around the object! The prompt is just something for you jump off from; you can interpret it any way you like. I hope that makes sense; I'm looking forward to reading your work! :heart:
caradecunha Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With all the questions... it really makes you look forward to reading it.. or it made me xD
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