NaPoWriMo

DAY 17 – THE OTHER SIDES

April 17, 2019


The prompt given by the official NaPoWriMo site: Write a poem that presents a scene from an unusual point of view.

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THE OTHER SIDES

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(i)

PATIENCE:

For years I’ve lain silent

As lynching mobs spent

On me, hours of delicacy

Tracing a blood tracery.

Maybe, maybe it’s time

I rise up to fight back.


MIGHT:

I am Might.

A powerful roar that could ignite

The thrill of fear

In the foes that near.

My scream can shatter

All those who lynch at me.


I don’t stay silent,

I rage as a wind, violent.

But sometimes, the ghastly

Echo of my cry deadly

Fills my ear, and then I wish

Maybe I were silent.


What is the source

of her vigorous force?

That she could rein her own rage

And contain her angst in a cage.

There is power in her patience,

Mightier than Might is Patience.


(ii)

THE 2 LEGGED CREATURES:

Pitiable they stand aloof and unspoken

No voice to claim, no movement to ease

The pain of standing long unbroken

To day and night and storm and peace.


How void of colors their plaintive lives

How worn must the music of a rainforest be?

What life of caged confinement these leaves

What relentless uniformity must these trees see?


THE ROOTED CREATURES:

We watch the clouds of ages flutter by

A hundred and thousand years passed

What pitiable creatures these men who die

In hasty lives, idleness unmasked.


Oh, the myriadness of their cacophony,

Such dis-uniformity in the colors of one race.

How tiring their endless dissymmetry must be

How unrested their lives, how unobserving their eyes!


The way of men we sigh upon

How estranged they drift from their own soil.

Ever fleeing, their trunks from their roots shorn,

Humans, we pity their petty turmoil.

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I am inviting you all to join me in this venture. Use the prompt given above to craft your own verses.
And oh, be sure to tag me.

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#NaPoWriMo

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