National Poetry Month has begun! And with it come Writer’s Digest‘s Poem-a-Day challenge. Last year, with the recent transition to teaching from home, I was too caught up in my students’ well-being and converting my lessons to digital format as well as devising new lessons for this new era. Participating in PAD was not in the cards. But this year, I’m back at trying my hand again at the PAD challenge. So far, so good. One day, one poem. Today’s prompt is to write an introduction poem; here’s my attempt.
In a well-written essay the introduction
Answers the prompt
Directly and specifically with
A Universal Truth.
The body follows
Providing evidence of the veracity of
The introduction’s assertion;
The stories and explanations all
Support and expand upon
The introduction’s premise.
Yet, in people, it is the body that
Speaks the Truth
And betrays our words with
Sidelong glances and fidgeting fingers
When we introduce ourselves as something other than
What we are.