Good day, everyone. I've just realized that every April day, I have “Day __” in the post title, and I start off with “Day __” in my opening text. I think I’ve done that here in the blog for going on four years, I bet. I might have started starting with the numerical date when I used to riff on the number, so that for example today I could say something like “10 fingers, 10 toes,” or 10 this or that. Okay, so
Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: “write a poem that is a portrait of someone important to you. It doesn’t need to focus so much on what a person looks (or looked) like, as what they are or were.”
Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-a-Day prompt: “write a travel poem. Your poem can be about the process of traveling, planning to travel, vicariously traveling through television programs, or however else you’d like to take this prompt.”
Mixing both prompts today in a plain-spoken sonnet . . . a portrait of my mother and her reluctance to travel.
My Mother’s Fear
I’m realizing now my mother was actually a permanent exile. She also never visited the Philippines, never visited her homeland, probably because of those same immigrant fears. Sad. Too bad there are people in our country now who still harbor those fears.
Purely by coincidence, another poem about my mom was published yesterday by Silver Birch Press: “Mama’s Ring We Thought Lost — Stolen — Then Found.” I hope you’ll go read it
Alan’s poem today comes with no intro, so I’ll provide an intro based on my understanding of the events that transpired. The poem uses the prompts in an interesting way: a portrait not of a person as we usually think of that word, but rather a kind of collective “person,” a hive, that’s of great importance to Alan, which then must travel to survive.
The Karen Cajka Bees Go to Jonesborough
Alan, I hope another queen finds one of your trees to start a hive. Thank you for a wonderful story.
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Ingat, everyone. ヅ
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