In the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur's instructions on how to use the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch go: "And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count
Well, today we've counted to 4. Four shall be the number thou shall count, and the number of the counting shall be four. 4-4. Fourth day of the fourth month. The "13" in 4-4-13, when you add the 1 and the 3 together, also makes 4. How about that!
The PAD and NaPoWriMo prompts for 4-4 are worth quoting at length. Robert says, "For today's prompt, take the phrase 'Hold That (Blank),' replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and write the poem. Possible titles include 'Hold That Thought,' 'Hold That Space,' 'Hold That Poem,' or whatever else holds your attention."
And Maureen says, "Our prompt for today (again — totally optional!) is a little odd, but here goes. Recently, I read an article about the Scottish science fiction writer Iain M. Banks. His books often have spaceships in them. And those spaceships have extremely odd, poetic names. Like:
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There's a whole twitter account," Maureen continues, "devoted to tweeting Iain-M-Banks-like names for spaceships. So your challenge for today is to write a poem with a title drawn from one of these spaceship names."
Okay, folks, I'm doing both of these "assignments" in one poem: a tribute in verse, in homage, to Iain M. Banks, who is very ill with cancer. The spaceship name, Screw Loose, comes from Banks's novel The Player of Games.
Hold That Ship: Screw Loose
That's my Number Four. Hope you enjoy it. Whether you do or you don't, please let me know with a comment below. Thanks.
See you tomorrow for Poem Five! Ingat, everyone.
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