POEM TWELVE

From NaPoWriMo post for Day Twelve:

Day Twelve

on APRIL 12, 2013

Welcome to Day 12, everyone!

Our featured link for the day is to NPM Daily, where they are hosting a post by a new poet each day for the month of April.

Our featured participant’s blog for the day is realiction, which took on intellectuals as the target of the “unlovely” poem for the tenth. Hey, I resemble that remark!

And now, the prompt. (Again, the prompt is totally optional). Today’s offering comes to us from Charles Bernstein’s list of poetry experiments. In particular, today I challenge you to “write a poem consisting entirely of things you’d like to say, but never would, to a parent, lover, sibling, child, teacher, roommate, best friend, mayor, president, corporate CEO, etc.” Honesty is the best policy, after all, so get it off your chest! And if you’re interested in the complete list of experiments, you can find them all here.

Happy writing!

TO THE MIRROR GO

 

You burden each room with icons,

vapid images cluttering shelves,

counters, window sills.

Yet you are helpless in real time

where the Virgin of Guadalupe

cannot intervene on your behalf,

where Ganesh will not offer his trunk

to whisk you away from bad men.

Yet you burn candles to St. Jude

and fondle a statue of Kwan Yin

in hopes of finding salvation

where only the hopeless tread.

It is time to become your own santos.

Copyright 2013

C.J. Prince

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