Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Day Four ... NaPoWriMo / Poem-a-Day 2017


Day Four. Foursquare. Fourlorn. Fourge ahead. Fourever. Four Petes' sake.

Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD prompt, since it's Tuesday, is doubled: a "Two for Tuesday" challenge: "a beginning poem" and/or "an ending poem."

Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt today draws from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Maureen says, "The 'enigma' of the title is widely believed to be a hidden melody that is not actually played, but which is tucked somehow into the composition through counterpoint. Today I’d like you to take some inspiration from Elgar and write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle of the 'Why is a raven like a writing desk?' variety. You could choose a word, for example, 'yellow,' and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to their color. Or perhaps you could closely describe a famous physical location or person without ever mentioning what or who it actually is."

Alan leads off today with this sh-bump sh-bump la-di-da-da la-di-da-da sh-bump, melding the prompts.

I Am Awake and Sweaty at Three on Saturday Morning


A bad development, I heard a bump
when I was sure the path was clear, my rump
slid sideways in my seat. I felt a lump
I could not swallow. I felt lost. To jump
to some conclusion like an angry grump
just wouldn’t do — I’m more like Forrest Gump
than I admit, an amiable chump
too full, I guess, of optimism—dump
your blame; I dumped the car, prepared to hump
some dream-drear miles in my poor fortune’s slump.
The land gone flat, I climbed a sere-grass tump
through easy footing, bracing clump by clump,
and looked down on a stagnant, noxious sump,
air thick with flies around a rotting stump.

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

Emulating Alan shamelessly, I offer this little riddle. Yup, both prompts. All three, actually.

Can You Name?

To begin, we, sputtering, duck.
With a little bit rock and roll.
Clowning with rhyming names.
Training with a whole lot of soul.

Scowling with sour pickles.
Leading evil in a hungry land.
Copping out in neon Miami.
Soaring like a bird in a band.

Sputter again like a deputy.
In Miami once more, win twice.
Read poems out in the hall.
Read a story to white noise.

In the rain, the least of the three.
In the end, who's despicable me?

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

Two sonnets, well met in a tulgey wood, all snicker-snack galumphing. The photo is Michael Alfano's sculpture "Questioning Mind."


Friends, won’t you comment, please? Love to know what you’re thinking. Any guesses on what Alan and I are up to?

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Ingat, everyone.   


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6 comments:

Bruce Niedt said...

Love the poem, Vince, but frankly I'm stumped as to the answer to the riddle. Maybe a more obvious clue?

Vince Gotera said...

Each line of mine refers to a different person but they all share something. And that something is also shared but in a different way with the unmentioned element in Alan's poem. I don't know if that helps, Bruce?

Bruce Niedt said...

I think I get it now. I haven't figured out each reference but I see the common thread. "Sputtering, duck" got me going.

James Keane said...

Very nice Vince. I felt the first sonnet was speaking to an ideal imperiled by a certain "ump" rhyme.
Yours was more cryptic, though the first line seems to indicate a connection to Alan's subject.

Bruce Niedt said...

Okay, I get it now. Can't believe how thick I was. First name "sputtering duck", last name rhymes with "rump".

Thomas Alan Holmes said...

I confess that it took me a bit of sleep this afternoon to make my way through the fog.

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