“Day 3

My PAD prompt is … “procrustean” … I love collecting words!

Dictionary.com defines procrustean as: 1. pertaining to or suggestive of Procrustes; 2 (often lowercase) tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means; adjective; 3. tending or designed to produce conformity by violent or ruthless methods.

“Word Origin and History for Procrustean


1846 in a figurative sense, “violently making conformable to standard,” from Procrustes, mythical robber of Attica who seized travelers, tied them to his bed, and either stretched their limbs or lopped of their legs to make them fit it. The name is Greek Prokroustes “one who stretches,” from prokrouein “to beat out, stretch out,” from pro- “before” (see pro- ) + krouein “to strike.” ~ Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Who doesn’t love retelling a Greek myth in a new way! So today rewrite this story;. Or perhaps tell it from another character’s view 0 his father Poseidon or Theseus who finally defeated him.

Or write your own myth.

Alternatively, you can write about a situation that you find procrustean; perhaps a political piece or maybe a tale from school.

Make this prompt your own!

Other PAD challenges are …

Keep in mind many of these sites have PAD poems shared on them from other PAD participants/ You can add yours as well.

Here’s one of my poems where I am using myths. I started off with Gilgamesh and then, as humans are wont to do, I started pulling in other similar stories and myths both ancient and modern. And it became metaphors for love.

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