Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: "write a poem
Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day prompt: "pick an element (like from the periodic table), make it the title of your poem (or part of the title), and then, write the poem. Anything goes from hydrogen to oganesson."
I imagine Maureen envisioned autobiographical poems arising from her natural-world prompt, but Robert's element prompt pushed me in a science-fiction direction, to a speaker whose personal experience with the natural, a wide-ranging experience, is out of this world.
Eaters of Hydrogen
The Bakunawa is a Philippine dragon that, according to myth, eats the moon so that people must bang pots together and make lots of noise to scare the Bakunawa into regurgitating the moon. A myth that arose probably to explain lunar eclipses.
Alan's poem today also mines both prompts, his natural setting described with meticulous verve and detail, with the scent of brimstone always hanging over the scene, if only in fancy.
Taste of Sulfur
Amazing poem, Alan. Wonderful, especially in that unexplainable and yet-so-true gesture at the end.
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Ingat, everyone. ヅ
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