Two / dos / deux / dalawa. The number two in languages I have some knowledge of: English / Spanish / French / Filipino. Wait, I forgot Klingon: cha’
Well, as you know from Day One, all this month, you'll see TWO poets here. My friend Thomas Alan Holmes and me. Since he writes in the morning before the NaPoWriMo and Poem-a-Day prompts appear, Alan is writing today from yesterday's NaPoWriMo Bibliomancy Oracle prompt. Here's the quote the Oracle gave him:
"For reasons unclear,And now here's Alan's poem based on this Szymborska passage.
Piercing the Sphere
Ah yes, I've taught four kids how to drive so far, and my fifth child Gabe will be turning 16 in a few months, so I'll be doing this again soon. I have driven teens for many years, and yes, one hopes they will always make it home on their own. Thanks for the excellent poem, Alan.
Okay, now to the TWO official prompts for Day TWO
Poem-a-day guru Robert Lee Brewer's suggestion today is "a voyage poem," reminding us "the process of writing a poem is a sort of voyage all its own" (Poetic Asides).
"There are many good poems based on myths," NaPoWriMo guru Maureen Thorson says. "Lots of these use Greek or Roman myths.
Okay, you regular readers of the blog out there — all TWO of you, probably — I bet you can guess that my mythological figure will be an aswang. Actually, given what today is, TWO aswang. And you can probably also guess the voyage will involve the Philippines or California.
Remember a couple of NaPoWriMo seasons back when I wrote an aswang poem starring a shapeshifter who could turn into a wolf? Jesús de los Santos was his name. And then a couple of weeks after that, I wrote another aswang poem about a manananggal who falls in love with Jesús. Today, these TWO aswang go on vacation to my hometown, San Francisco.
Lovers at the Golden Gate
A narrative poem, which I don't do often. Blank verse quatrains. TWO lines rhyming at the end. Gotta get a TWO in there again. Double fun!
Alan and I would love to hear from you, friends. Won't you comment, please? 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. See you on day three?
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