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Flying Monkeys

Day 22 Of NaPoWriMo 2018.

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Flying monkeys not
Baum’s creation alone.
They are everywhere:
on fox news, in cabinet,
voters, all hailing the chief.

Fake news become real
Perpetrator becomes the
victim. And victims
are crisis actors. So yes,
circles always have corners.

Today’s prompt was:
And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, I’d like you to take one of the following statements of something impossible, and then write a poem in which the impossible thing happens:

The sun can’t rise in the west.
A circle can’t have corners.
Pigs can’t fly.
The clock can’t strike thirteen.
The stars cannot rearrange themselves in the sky.
A mouse can’t eat an elephant.

Penned two tankas. Flying monkeys were L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But the phrase “flying monekeys” is in used in pop psychology in the context of narcissistic abuse, which makes it a perfect term for current affairs, depicting something impossible that does happen.

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  1. Pingback: NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 22 – “The Stars Spell Out Your Name” by David Ellis | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

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