Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day 19 ... NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day 2014


Hello, everyone. Day 19, almost 2/3 through National Poetry Month, and I only today found this cool little button online for NaPoWriMo 2014. Not sure what one could do with such a thing, but here it is on the right. Anyone have any ideas for what I could do in the blog with a button? Why they are called buttons anyway. Comment and let me know if you have a suggestion, won't you? Okay, let's get on to the business at hand, the official prompts for Day 19.

Poem-a-Day guru Robert Lee Brewer's prompt today: "pick a color, make the color the title of your poem, and then, write your poem" (Poetic Asides).

Maureen Thorson says, "Today I challenge you to take a look at the list of actual sea shell names below, and to use one or more of them to write a poem." You'll have to look at the entire list of 19 at NaPoWriMo.net, but here are a few of them: "Shuttlecock Volva," "False Cup-and-Saucer," and "Lazarus Jewel Box." I googled images of all 19 and here's the best-looking one, the most colorful, the shell of the "Strawberry Top" sea snail.


You probably won't be surprised to hear I'm combining the two prompts today. I really need to write a proper love poem to Kathy and so I'm using her favorite color as my starting point and title. Here we go: linked haiku. Enjoy!

Purple

Kathleen, you were born
to the purple . . . regal queen
of periwinkle

and magenta rose.
Royalty's Tyrian hue.
Strawberry Top snails

Your fave sea creature.
The color of penitence
at Lent. Deep Purple,

the band of your dreams.
"Purple Haze" and "PurpleRain, "
your best rock anthems.

And, except for me,
of course, Prince is your main man.
Well, not the best poem

someone ever wrote
but heartfelt . . . a love letter
of amaranthine

splendor, amethyst
gemstones, lilac, lavender,
orchid, mauve, fuchsia.

Plums, pomegranates.
Heliotrope, mauve blossoms.
Kath, I purple you.

—Draft by Vince Gotera    [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]

I was inspired by this particular image of a Strawberry Top seashell photographed in ultraviolet light. Isn't that the most magnificent shade of purple?


Alan sets up his poem today: "Lunches lead to conversations that can go anywhere."

Two of My Colleagues Might Have
Encountered Each Other at a Nude Beach
Years Ago Before They Met Each Other


Suppose we’re having lunch,
semester nearly done,
and two at table talk
about their trips to Greece,
and one says “Speedo,” laughs,
and then the other says,
“Since all the other ones
were nude, then why should I
stand out?” And I can’t think
of anything but how,
away from anyone
you know, high SPF,
Wayfarers, and a smile
would be all that you’d need.

And then I realized
how private tanlines are,
a demarcation — here
is what one shows the world,
and here’s a privileged space.
It seemed to me a beach
of unclothed people would
be like a zoo, the norm
negating nudity,
but knowing someone puts
a face with all that flesh.

And now, at least for weeks,
I will associate
these two with stripping down
in anonymity
because Greek locals did.
My locals did as well,
but nakedness has risks
that being nude does not.

—Draft by Thomas Alan Holmes     [Do not copy or quote . . . thanks.]

That must have been a very interesting lunch, Alan. Anyone I know?  


Won't you comment, please, friends? To make a comment, look for a blue link below that says Post a comment; if you don't see that, look in the red line that starts Posted by Vince and click on the word comments.

Okay, friends, watch out for purple seashells on those nude beaches.  ヅ  Ingat, everyone.


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3 comments:

Thomas Alan Holmes said...

Vince, I have to watch over my colleagues by preserving their identities in case their moms Google them.

Vince Gotera said...

I wasn't asking seriously. And yes, Moms google.

Blogger said...

I've just installed iStripper, so I can watch the hottest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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