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.

An Ode to 420

Day 20 Of NaPoWriMo 2018.

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Two tankas an an ode to 420

Stars light up the night,
a whiff, a smoke, a inhale
time in slow motion –
floating body, deeper laughs,
fingers touching starry lights.

Drink bhang as prasad
offering to Shiva, or
as the pop song claims –
toke it to douse your sorrows
and chant Hare Krishna Hare Ram!

Prasad: food offering to gods, which is then distributed to devotees after worship.

Today’s prompt is:

Our prompt for the day (optional as always) takes its cue from Notley’s rebelliousness, and asks you to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way. The speaker or subject of the poem could defy a rule or stricture that’s been placed on them, or the poem could begin by obeying a rule and then proceed to break it (for example, a poem that starts out in iambic pentameter, and then breaks into sprawling, unmetered lines). Or if you tend to write funny poems, you could rebel against yourself, and write something serious (or vice versa). Whatever approach you take, your poem hopefully will open a path beyond the standard, hum-drum ruts that every poet sometimes falls into.

Today is 4/20 which is now considered a “weed day”, has murky origin. But, some accounts has it associated with the Grateful Dead. In any case, I am no advocate of illicit drug use, so this could be noted as a poem of rebellion. The first tanka is looking at the effects of marijuana and the second one is a reference to widespread use of marijuana in Indian culture, including the reference to one of the grooviest songs by one of the most innovative Indian music director/ composer RD Burman – Dum Maro Dum.