42 is an interesting number. It was the number of hours Juliet slept after drinking her potion. Alice in Wonderland has 42 original illustrations and rule number 42 requires that all mile-high people must leave court immediately. An episode of Doctor Who entitled “42” is shot in real time and lasts 42 minutes. And, most importantly, Douglas Adams chose the unassuming number as the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything in his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. So let’s try to write some poems based on this little number.
1. Choose one, simple, unassuming word. Fork. Grass. Dog. Chair. Whatever you like. Then write a poem where this one simple word becomes the answer to a difficult problem or question.
2. If you are age 42 or older (I’ll never tell), write a poem about something memorable that happened during that year in your life.
3. Be a modern-day Juliet. Without all the dying. Imagine that you sleep for 42 hours straight. When you wake up, what will you have missed? What part of your life will have passed you by while you slumbered? Use your imagination.
4. Doctor Who can time travel in the Tardis, his spaceship that takes the form of a police box. Write a list poem full of 42 things that you would do if you could time travel.
As this is the 42nd Tow Truck post, there are only ten more until the end of the year. At that time, I will be taking a break from the Tow Truck, leaving the archive active for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to try all 52 prompts it will contain. I would like to do a weekly feature that perhaps is a bit different, as there are now many good sites that offer prompts for poets. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears. I have a few ideas, but I haven’t settled on any one thing as of yet. Thanks! And happy writing.