It’s the fourth day of GloPoWriMo and today’s prompt was to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns. Adjectives are fine too! For example, you could have a poem about sadness that describes that emotion as “a rowboat tethered with fishing line to a willow that leans over a pond. Rainwater collects in the bottom, and mosquito eggs”. Concrete details like those can draw the reader in and let them imagine the real world where your abstract ideal or feeling happens.
I’ve written a poem that describes different elements of anxiety as objects. I hope you enjoy it.
Choking, thick, a poisonous wall
Burning, searing, overwhelming pain
Heavy, falling, can’t move, can’t breathe
Higher than eyesight, thicker than blood