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!
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!