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——————————
—– last night —————————————–
——————————— 18-year-old victim
————————– some taco seasoning
————————————— spray of mace to
the face———- her arm —————————-
unleashing the stream
———————————— victim has a history
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