NapoWriMo Day Sixteen

Hello, all, and welcome back for the sixteenth day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo. We’re past the half-way mark now, and hopefully you are feeling good about your writing so far!
Our featured participant for today is Jane Dougherty Writes, where the doubles prompt for Day 15 resulted in a poem that can be read on the left, on the right, or altogether!
Today’s poet in translation is Somalia’s Maxamed Ibraaahim Warsame Hadraawi, a longtime advocate for Somalian independence and peace. In addition to poems, he has also written many plays, and collaborated with musicians, penning lyrics for dozens of songs. You can find six of his poems translated into English at the link above, and another, in both Somali and English translation, can be found here.
And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I challenge you to fill out, in no more than five minutes, the following “Almanac Questionnaire,” which solicits concrete details about a specific place (real or imagined). Then write a poem incorporating or based on one or more of your answers. Happy writing!
Almanac Questionnaire
Childhood dream:
Found on the Street:
Hometown memory:
Notable person:
Outside your window, you find:
Today’s news headline:
Scrap from a letter:
Animal from a myth:
Story read to children at night:
You walk three minutes down an alley and you find:
You walk to the border and hear:        What you fear:                                        Picture on your city’s postcard:

Hometown memory/custom

Every year at the end of June, a carnival comes to town

Leading the procession is the Queen, smiling, complete with a crown

Flanked by her beautiful attendants, whilst sat next to her King

There are lots of floats, and a fair in the street, it’s such a wonderful fling

Kids decorate lorries with paint and models, and many are in fancy dress

From explorers and film stars, to musicians with guitars

The judges they hope to impress

The streets are closed from Thursday till Tuesday, with stalls and rides galore

When I was a kid I wished this the case, always, and for evermore

There are puzzles and balls on the hook a duck

Or water pistols, or dolls, if you push your luck

Candy and goldfish on the coconut shy

Even huge teddy bears if you give it a try

You can win money on various games of darts

Buy sweets, donuts, and burgers from static carts

A helter skelter, and waltzers that get you in a spin

Or to the arcade on the gamblers hoping for a big win

A house of fun, or one that’s full of ghouls and ghosts

Beat the goalie by putting the ball between the posts

Dodgems, the pirate ship, and a carousel

A safari ride on a giraffe, or perhaps a gazelle

 Strike a punchbag, get your palm read, go round on a Ferris Wheel

If you want to go faster then you must scream and squeal

It’s a fun packed few days, to spend with friends or family

It’s something I’ll always remember, it’s my hometown memory

People travel from all around, to visit this annual fete

And as soon as it finished, then for the next one, they can but not wait


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