Day 29 of NaPoWriMo 2020

(Photo by Aashish Vaidya)


Infamy is an elephant
It trumpets disharmony –
It is de-tusked –
Lo, all it does is lumber around.


Notes:  Day 29 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  I suppose elephants are no pets, so this may be off-prompt.  I was stuck today as I have never had a pet, nor have one and will not have one and in anticipation of a busy day ahead tomorrow.  But, then I remember a 2013 prompt that asked you to write an “opposite poem”.  So I picked this Emily Dickinson poem:

Fame is a bee.
It has a song—
It has a sting—
Ah, too, it has a wing.
I liked where I ended up with my attempt (for now, at least).

The prompt for today is:

“…to write a paean to the stalwart hero of your household: your pet. Sing high your praises and tell the tale of Kitty McFluffleface’s ascension of Mt. Couch. Let us hear how your intrepid doggo bravely answers the call to adventure whenever the leash jingles.

If you don’t have a pet, perhaps you know one or remember one who deserves to be immortalized in verse. For inspiration, I direct you to a selection from an 18th-century poem by Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno, in which the poet’s praise for his cat ranges from “For he is docile and can learn certain things” all the way up to “For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.” Personally, I’m lucky if my cat doesn’t just sleep the day away, but I find her pretty delightful all the same.”


Day 23 NaPoWriMo 2020

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The C echos enso, when the mind is free to create
The H is like a hammock, cosseting tired old bones
The Y supports the ups and downs of life with equanimity
The R may be to blame for supporting puffery
The O is when perfection is sought but is always asymptotic
The N reflects hope, what goes up, comes down but can go up again

It is a sight, when a chyron writer commits a real act of journalism,
Where most journos fail miserably under the guise of balance.

Notes:  Day 23 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Today’s prompt:

“…asks you to write a poem about a particular letter of the alphabet, or perhaps, the letters that form a short word. Doesn’t “S” look sneaky and snakelike? And “W” clearly doesn’t know where it’s going! Think about the shape of the letter(s), and use that as the take-off point for your poem. Need an example? Here is my down-and-dirty translation of Eduardo Galeano’s “The letters of the word AMOR:

The A has its legs open.
The M is a seesaw that comes and goes between heaven and hell.
The O is a closed circle, it will choke you.
The R is scandalously pregnant.
All of the letters of the word AMOR are dangerous.”

“The ensō symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu (the void). It is characterised by a minimalism born of Japanese aesthetics.”

It is nice to see a chyron writer going to town writing real “headlines” like the CNN writer apparently did on April 13, 2020.