My first poem of NaPoWriMo 2012 is inspired by April Fool's Day.
(Don't forget to check out the NaPoWriMo website!)
His ideal vacation spot is an island
accented with natives -- skin the color
of an old penny, features just south
of caucasian. He will ask, of course,
into their lives and ways, and in quaint
pidgin they will give him
ghost stories and trickster tales,
explain how their bread is made, how
to build a hut from sticks and clay, why
you never spit on a person's shadow.
He will not blush at their giggles
when he tries to say their names.
After he's been there long enough
to not be feared, some man will offer up
the avowed virginity of a sister
or daughter. He, protesting honor
and gratitude, will decline -- he's not there
to exploit them. They will discreetly
leave their sneakers and cell phones at home.
Question: would it be better without the last sentence?
The One Pause Poetry mp3 Project is a national digital resource for teachers, students, readers, and listeners. Each poet is asked to record and submit three mp3 files to the site: one poem of his or her own, one by another poet, and one poem for kids.
Unfortunately, I don't see any way to download the mp3 files. Good thing there's Librivox.org to fuel my poetry iPod. (What, everyone doesn't have an iPod dedicated to poetry? Then how do you listen to Blake, Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson at work?)