NapiWriMo 2016 Day Fifteen

Happy Friday to all of you! And a very happy half-way point in NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo!
Today’s featured participant is Flutterby’s NaPoWriMo, where the san san for Day Fourteen has a surrealist, quasi-mythical tone.
Our poet in translation today is Tanzania’s Euphrase Kezilahabi. Kezilahabi was instrumental in the development of free verse poetry in Swahili. You can find six of his poems at the link above, as well as four additional poems here.
And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Because today marks the halfway point in our 30-day sprint, today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles. You could incorporate doubling into the form, for example, by writing a poem in couplets. Or you could make doubles the theme of the poem, by writing, for example, about mirrors or twins, or simply things that come in pairs. Or you could double your doublings by incorporating things-that-come-in-twos into both your subject and form. Happy writing!

Double trouble

Just in case that there is anyone reading, that is unaware

I’ve compiled this little poem to talk about things that come in a pair

Some people who maybe slightly portly, may have double chins

Then there are people such as myself who are blessed with having twins

Our feathered friends, all possess two wings

And then there’s a erhu, a fiddle from China, that only has two strings

Footwear of all kinds, usually comes in twos

If you go to your local pub, you can get doubles on a selection of booze

You may end up on crutches, after falling while using skis

When saying the Lord’s Prayer you usually go down on both knees

Feet, ears, lungs, eyes, and kidneys, God gave them to us twice

A certain nursery rhyme wouldn’t sound the same with only two blind mice

We wear pairs of jeans, glasses, and goggles

But aren’t they only one item? Oh how the mind boggles

We use two dice to play a game called craps

How does a one armed man feel when everyone claps?

Tweezers, tongs, binoculars, and pliers

Dual band radios, speakers, but not amplifiers

Earrings, shoe laces, cuff links, gloves, and socks

There’s even a condition, diphallia,  when a man has two c**ks!


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