It’s the second day of GloPoWriMo and today’s prompt was to write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view. Or you might try a poem in the form of a dialogue, which necessarily has two “I” speakers, addressing two “you”s. Another way to go is to take an existing poem of yours or someone else’s, and try rewriting it in a different voice. The point is just to play with who is speaking to who and how.
I’ve written a poem which deals with internal and external voices experienced when struggling with mental health issues, particularly in relation to eating disorders. I hope you find it interesting.
She’s severely underweight
I eat enough
You eat loads
She’s surviving on 500 calories a day
I just need to lose another stone
You need to lose a lot more
She needs to put on two stone, now
I can’t do it
You can’t do anything right
She’s not listening to us
You’re a lost cause
We’re losing her