NaPoWriMo Day 19: erasure/word banks

This poem was written in response to the prompt for Day Nineteen:

Today we challenge you to write a paragraph that briefly recounts a story, describes the scene outside your window, or even gives directions from your house to the grocery store. Now try erasing words from this paragraph to create a poem or, alternatively, use the words of your paragraph to build a new poem.

I decided not to write my own paragraph because I know I’d be tempted to put in phrases that would lend themselves to poetry. Instead, I’ve used a highly unpoetic police report.

Incident Report for Case #2018-135575

—- grocery shoppers——————————
—————————Woodman’s Market—–
—– last night —————————————–
——————————— 18-year-old victim
————————– some taco seasoning
————————————— spray of mace to
the face———- her arm —————————-
unleashing the stream
———————————— victim has a history
of conflict
unprovoked sneak attack——— recording
it all on her cell phone.
——— pepper spraying—– victim
swinging ——————women ended
up slugging ———— uninvolved

——————- bumps and scratches
——- swollen watery eyes
———————————— fled prior to
——— arrival



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