Today’s prompt is based in a poem by Larry Levis called “The Two Trees.” It is a poem that seems to meander, full of little digressions, odd bits of information, but fundamentally, it is a poem that takes time. I’d like to challenge you to write something that involves a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable length of time.


The ship’s undulating motion

lulls me to sleep

the gently crashing waves

are as sweet as a lullaby

the book I started

at the beginning of the voyage

lies abandoned now at the halfway mark

I have finally become

a daughter of Neptune

following a four hundred year old tradition

the dawns are spectacular

no pollution to mar the view

the cloudless and moonless nights

beckon me to become a stargazer

the movement of the ship is lazy

there’s miles of water around

I ponder on life and death

gazing at its depth

my thirst for knowledge

remains unquenched

the blue of Mediterranean has

to green of Atlantic

the book has almost reached its end

I promise myself to get

more books when I go ashore.

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