by Pat Phillips West
Here are two approaches to this month’s prompt:
Describe a situation where, in order to be true to yourself, you had to give up something that mattered very much – either to you or your character.
For instance, to be true to yourself, you had to leave your marriage, hometown, children, lover, parents, job or family. What happened?
Or you might ask yourself: What does being true mean? Think of a specific incident or time that illustrates how you were true to yourself. Perhaps you acknowledged your lower-class origins; perhaps you admitted to being insanely jealous; perhaps you stood up for something or someone you believed in.
No matter which question you respond to, think about describing the situation in concrete detail. Visualize the scene or scenes. Describe the physical place in which you find yourself. Describe your feelings in concrete terms.
See how R. T. Smith’s character in the following poem uses specific details to tell the truth about herself.
Confession in a Booth at the Hollow Log Lounge
By R. T. Smith
I know it don’t take no giant brain
to sit behind a Singer machine and stitch
hour after hour, but I’m proud just the same.
Read the complete poem here. And share your work with us in the comments.
Pat Phillips West moved so often even her closest friends asked if she was in the Witness Protection Program. She refused to comment, except to say she’s in Portland, OR, for now. Her poems appear or will appear in Imagination & Place: Weather, Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher6, Manzanita Writers Press, San Pedro River Review and elsewhere.
Photograph used with Creative Commons permission by the artist.