Almanac Questionnaire.1

Day Sixteen

Today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo:

“And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I challenge you to fill out, in no more than five minutes, the following “Almanac Questionnaire,” which solicits concrete details about a specific place (real or imagined). Then write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers. Happy writing!”


I decided to write to this prompt until it is finished. So each day I will post the pieces I have finished. At the end, I’ll post the completed piece.

I chose to use “Customs” as the umbrella. The custom being “Sunday Worship.” I’m not sure what the title will be as of yet.

I love writing this way. I’ll see what comes of it in a few days! I’ve put the entire list at the bottom so you can see all the “questions” and even try for yourself.


Sunday worship, a custom

child with hat and white gloves, black patent shoes
kneeling, hands folded, head bowed in supplication

guitars, women nearer the altar, kiss of peace

a pause, a long time gone

new words for old prayers, re-imaging Christ

no longer defined by Sunday or its tired form


In reverence of Redwood architecture
joining air to earth to that which lies beneath
I stand in awe of your strength
pay homage to your constancy


To be continued…


Almanac Questionnaire
Childhood dream:
Found on the Street:
Hometown memory:
Notable person:
Outside your window, you find:
Today’s news headline:
Scrap from a letter:
Animal from a myth:
Story read to children at night:
You walk three minutes down an alley and you find:
You walk to the border and hear:
What you fear:
Picture on your city’s postcard:

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