For NaPoWriMo Day 5, the prompt is:
“Today’s prompt comes from another poem by Kyle Dargan, called “Diaspora: A Narcolepsy Hymn.” This poem, like “Call and Response,” is inspired by the work of others, the poet Morgan Parker, and lyrics from songs by Beyoncé and Notorious B.I.G. The poem partakes of one of the most difficult poetic forms, the villanelle. The classic villanelle has five three-line stanzas followed by a final, four-line stanza. The first and third lines of the first stanza alternately repeat as the last lines of the following three-line stanzas, before being used as the last two lines of the final quatrain. Following Dargan’s lead, today we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way.”
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You can contend you’ve solved cryptic problems,
That you’ve grown beyond self-unraveling,
But, is life more than intrepid self-illusion?
Then, pain with aching splints wracks, words dravel.
Arch your neck, face towards bliss –sun heals;
Absorb relief, black-holes halt your travels.
Warped, sucked into sorrow, hate congeals;
Stone ’round your neck, going down; never drown,
Not in hazy moments, not in fields —
Canola golden-rod, yellow profound,
And the sky azure light; so blue, you breath life.
You were stuck a ‘sec,’ but never down.
Live and breath, ignore the mire — survive strife;
Don’t let the bruised night come again to strike.
Never let the slurping bogs constrict life,
Swim fast beyond the cloud’s stark, snowy white.
Beyond the shearling sheep’s velvet ‘yen’ yarn,
Ride capped waves of foam, with all your might.
Forever enthralled with life’s wild wild nights.
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