Greetings Garden Dwellers. Allow me to welcome you to Out of Standard, a new feature which will be appearing at IGWRT. On the first Wednesday of each month I will set before you a challenge to defy the conventions of a particular theme. I will call upon you to write out of the standard and find new places in the everyday, but there is a twist: in order to complete each challenge, you will also be asked to share something about yourself with the IGWRT community. Let’s move onward to ...
JUNE'S CHALLENGE: THE BREAK-UP SONG
That’s right, we have all been spurned by love at one point; be it a bitter end to a long term relationship, a deflating rejection by the object of our affection, a nasty fight, a crushing divorce, or even that crush who will never return our feelings for them. We have all been there, and we all have that one song we turn to for comfort. The one that has you belting out to every word as if it were written exactly for you.
Share with us your go to break-up song (by posting an audio file, etc.), then take the lyric that you relate to the most from that song to use in a new poem which is in no way about a break-up or relationship gone sour. Reinvent your personal anthem. Bring us the unexpected.
KEEP IN MIND
This is not about picking a great break-up song. It’s about sharing the one you go to for comfort. My own is an embarrassing little tune I first heard on a mixed tape when I was 21. To this day, I still go to that song after a good heart breaking and sing along with it late at night, hand held over my heart.
Also, like every challenge, your poem must be newly written and not a previous piece which conveniently fits the theme.
Go now, my toads, and bring me back something startling, shiny, and new.