Day 24 NaPoWriMo 2020

(Photo by Aashish Vaidya)


“You and I, Love, together we ratify the silence”
The thunder pierces the ears, but we abide by the silence

Let the town crier shout his lies at high decibels,
You and I, on our lanai swing, we dignify the silence

The rising waves of the sea and the oncoming tsunami
May test our patience, but it will never liquefy the silence

The shouters see everything as either black or white
On them, lost is the beauty of rainbow that tie dye the silence

When you put an ignoramus in charge, expect the experts
To get hogtied and their voices crucified in silence

The lickspittles, bereft of a moral compass
Parasitically rationalize, glorify and justify the silence

I cherish your voice with the sonority full of love, but its
The curl of your lips, full of meaning that beautify the silence

‘Mirage’ may seduce with sweet talk and low whispers,
But it can’t disrupt the calm and shanghai the silence

Notes:  Day 24 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Off-prompt today, penned a ghazal for my muse on her birthday today.  The first line is from Pablo Neruda 100 Love Sonnets IX translated by Stephen Tapscott.  The original Spanish line: “Juntos tú y yo, amor mío, sellamos el silencio.”


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.