Day Four – NaPoWriMo – Hidden Enigma

Today’s prompt from napowrimo.net

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). One of the most popular British works of classical music is Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The “enigma” of the title is widely believed to be a hidden melody that is not actually played, but which is tucked somehow into the composition through counterpoint. Today I’d like you to take some inspiration from Elgar and write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle of the “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” variety. You could choose a word, for example, “yellow,” and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to their color. Or perhaps you could closely describe a famous physical location or person without ever mentioning what or who it actually is.

Can’t tell you what it’s about but leave me a comment if you think you know what it is!

It lies hidden
rises unbidden
when provoked

clenched jaw
insides raw
stifled scream 

heavy sighs
rolling eyes
door slams 

stomping feet
quick retreat
cold shoulder 

Icy stare
I don’t care
. . . then it’s over.

© 2017 Kalen Kingsbury

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