Day 21. The card game Blackjack is sometimes called "21" because that's the score that trumps all others. There's the 21-gun salute in military honors for heads of state. 21 is the title of a recent album by Adele. If we put our minds together we could probably come up with 21 21s, but I bet you'd like to get to the poetry.
Okay, then. Robert Lee Brewer suggests, "write a senryu. A senryu is like a haiku with less restrictions and different subject matter. It's a 3-line poem with a traditional 5/7/5 syllable (or sound) pattern, and the poem typically deals with the human condition" (Poetic Asides). Maureen Thorson challenges us today to "re-write Frank O'Hara’s poem 'Lines for the Fortune Cookies'
I tried to mix the two prompts again, and it was fun to channel Frank O'Hara, but he's hard to top. Hope you enjoy this little ditty: fortune cookie slips that are precise senryu.
The last one is actually a found poem. I got a fortune cookie fortune in December 2012 that said something pretty close to this. Unfortunately I've misplaced that slip. Once, maybe 21 years ago, I got a fortune that plagiarized an entire Frost poem, "The Secret Sits"! Alas, I've lost that one too.
I started off planning to write 21 senryu here, but the task was harder than I thought it would be. Nevertheless, the poem is 21 lines.
That's enough Day 21 for me. Come on back tomorrow. In the meantime, won't you comment below? Look for a blue link below that says "Post a comment"; if you don't see that, look in the red line that says "Posted by" and click on the word "comments." Ingat, everyone.
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