Apparently everyone found yesterday’s prompt really difficult, so NaPoWriMo are giving us an easy one today!

Describe in great detail your favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. You can do this in paragraph form.  Now cut unnecessary words like articles and determiners (a, the, that) and anything that isn’t really necessary for content; leave mainly nouns, verbs, a few adjectives.  Cut the lines where you see fit and, VOILA! A poem!

I like being high up in the mountains and this poem was inspired by a favourite scene in the Alps during the ski season. The title ‘tang of height’ comes from Nan Shepherd’s book ‘The Living Mountain’ about her walks in the Cairngorms.  


Tang of height

Live in blue and white
clutch safety netting
look afar, up and down;
see peaks stab thin air
below afternoon-blue sky
crossed by vapour trails
of travellers.

Touch sun, a misted lamp
whose light dusts glacier
in cold, crinkling air;
Hear creak of crevasses:
beneath white pillows
and snow blankets
glacier never rests.