April 16 prompt: Dear Country

Today, it’s poet’s choice:

Write a letter to your country, as though the country were a person, without mentioning either the country or the person.

Or write a letter/poem/letter-poem to your state or province. This prompt is inspired by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall’s call for submissions to Washington 129, an upcoming anthology of poems by people who live in Washington State. Today’s prompt could get you started.

For an example, see the “Dear Empire” poems from Post Subject: A Fable by Oliver de la Paz. Here’s one, and you can find more online.

Curiously, I found one that doesn’t quite fit either prompt, but it’s a pleasure to read: “Lilacs,” by Amy Lowell

Now it’s time to write!