Na/GloPoWriMo 2020, Day 5 is Palm Sunday! Challenging, really challenging prompt today. 20 separate components:
“Our (optional) prompt for today is one that we have used in past years, but which I love to come back to, because it so often takes me to new and unusual places, and results in fantastic poems. It’s called the “Twenty Little Poetry Projects,” and was originally developed by Jim Simmerman. The challenge is to use/do all of the following in the same poem. Of course, if you can’t fit all twenty projects into your poem, or a few of them get your poem going, that is just fine too!
- Begin the poem with a metaphor.
- Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
- Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
- Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
- Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
- Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
- Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
- Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
- Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
- Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
- Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”
- Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
- Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”
- Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
- Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
- Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
- Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
- Use a phrase from a language other than English.
- Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).
- Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.”
After talking a completely separate direction to try to tackle this prompt, my love was a bit downhearted at the fact the sermon we attended today didn’t not make more than a passing reference to Palm Sunday. So, as promised, I am going to do my best to touch on this day and also put to rest this project from the poetry folks:
Triumphal Entry (For Palm Sunday 2020) by Michael Doyle The world cries for help Hosana, Hosana Dear Lord Jesus deliver us Hoshiya Na Jerusalem Becomes a metaphor for the world Me lost in my urbanism I take communion While grimacing that its symbolism Might be taken as sacral cannibalism Me, modern day sinner called out as Tarzan Talking to you on our beach, I take flight The king of the Jews rides astride A donkey proclaiming His victory For the sins of humanity As the donkey laughs at the absurdity "You cannot live eternal by dying!!" Degrees of separation brought together The brutality to be dealt Tortured to tears beautiful I am redeemed; we are saved Conf0rming to human form You died for the sake of us all For three days you are lost that we might find How humanity can be so blind How bittersweet this victory tastes I shudder at your wounded cries The ripped flesh has its smell of death I touch the hole in your side to find belief There is an overwhelming pouring out of my senses Jesus' work here in Jerusalem Is the beginning of the end I await your return in an age that has lost its grace Mine is the casted lot of obedience To defeat the Deceiver, the Truth must die Religious people often seek to be more spiritual than God ...The Gate is narrow that provides salvation.... (c) April 5, 2020 Michael Doyle All Rights Reserved