Poetry Tow Truck 41: Mother Mary’s Mantra

In the Beatles’ song “Let It Be,” Paul McCartney sings the title phrase 41 times.  Yet, somehow, the listener never tires of hearing it, partially because of the passion with which he sings and partially because it is a mantra of sorts that makes sense in many troublesome situations.

For today’s 41st Tow Truck prompt, we are going to be inspired by the number 41.  Choose an option below and write for at least 41 minutes. (Kidding. Or not. Depends on your mood and your muse, I guess.)

1. Use the phrase let it be as an anaphoric element, either at the beginning or in the middle of a line.

(Examples)

*Let it be me that notices the cricket song at midnight.

*At midnight, let it be me that notices the cricket song.

2.  Chicago Bear player Brian Piccolo lost a battle with cancer that has been written about and filmed as Brian’s Song. It is impossible to watch this movie about bravery, friendship, and loss without crying. I dare you. Brian’s number, now retired, was 41.  You can read a little about Brian and his namesake charity here.  Write a poem about one of the key words mentioned above: bravery, friendship, or loss.

3. When Sir Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile record in 1954, his race number was the number 41.  Write a fast poem – set a timer for 4 minutes and write your way around the track, stopping when the timer goes off.

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