(In)Sanity in Guise

Day 03 of NaPoWriMo 2020

(Photo by Aashish Vaidya. Dawn on Bali Sea)


(In)Sanity in Guise


If sirens don’t lure

sailors, if salinity

abandons the seas,  

What if waves don’t undulate,

and if sun loses splendor?


Brooks got no babble.

What if bees no longer sting?

Pretender’s the champ?

What if books contain no words?

And facts become fictional?


When ballots can’t choose,

Census returns count zero

Synchopancy is 

the norm.  Virus goes viral, 

Petulance is a virtue.



Third  day of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Today’s prompt is,

to make use of our resource for the day. First, make a list of ten words. You can generate this list however you’d like – pull a book off the shelf and find ten words you like, name ten things you can see from where you’re sitting, etc. Now, for each word, use Rhymezone to identify two to four similar-sounding or rhyming words. For example, if my word is “salt,” my similar words might be “belt,” “silt,” “sailed,” and “sell-out.”

Once you’ve assembled your complete list, work on writing a poem using your new “word bank.” You don’t have to use every word, of course, but try to play as much with sound as possible, repeating sounds and echoing back to others using your rhyming and similar words.

I used my word bank (below) to string three tankas (Japanese poetry form of 5 lines consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables).  A single tanka is suppose to give you a complete picture of an event or mood, but I felt like I needed to keeping going after the first tanka.


My word bank:

Clamber, anchor, dancer, dapper, pander, Ceylon, dawn, fawn, crayon, jump on, Fiery, diary, binary, finery, flower, ivory, entirely, Silence, balance, sirens, trident, virus, Splendor, bender, blender, pretender, surrender, Freshness, breathless, census, senseless, essence, Undulant, coolant, indolent, petulant, Infinity, affinity, femininity, vicinity, salinity, divinity, criticality, Punctual, factual, functional, eventual, intellectual, Nocturnal, kernel, journal, vernal, infernal, external, Cardboard, chord, cord, fjord, hoard, scored, toward, clipboard, concord, Disk, brisk, risk, whisk, frisk, Peanuts, cuts, guts, nuts, doughnuts, genus, venus, intravenous, Books, hooks, brooks, looks, Printer, inner, dinner, skinner, sinner, thinner, winter, winner, Trees, bees, breeze, sneeze, squeeze, knees, freeze, keys, please, Lamp, champ, clamo, damp, ramp, tamp, vamp, stamp, cramp, Paint, quaint, feint, taint, restraint, unconstrained, Tablet, applet, ballot, gadget, jacket, hatchet, pallet, Computer, hooter, looter, scooter, shooter, tutor, recruiter.

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.