Day 6 of NaPoWriMo 2020
Even for an hour
“Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because”
Every corner of the world, I’ll scour because
Little squares of anguish wash over me, even
for a moment I see your face sour, because
Remember – to err is human to forgive divine
Next time your mood’s dour, because
Sycophants and bootlickers stroke bully’s
ego. Without dignity they cower, because?
Sitting, staring at the screen, whole day without
Moving. Now spin hard with power, because
The only little people are those who enrich themselves
A tiny human act towers over power, because
Tossed salad of kale, pine nuts, feta, red onion,
Olive oil, lemon juice, roasted cauliflower, because
What lulls us into thinking all this isn’t fleeting?
We nurture this ‘Mirage’ of sunflower, because….
Notes: Penned an off-prompt ghazal, as ran short of time to explore Day 6 of NaPoWriMo 2020. The prompt was to “write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Will have to revisit it some other time.
First line is a line from of Pablo Neruda’s Love Sonnet: XLV from his volume 100 Love Sonnets translated by Stephen Tapscott. I liked this line, and I am hoping the reader does as well. That line propelled the rest of the ghazal, with some open-ended couplets because (ha,ha) of the refrain.