POEM FOURTEEN

NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing Month, offers this prompt for our first two weeks in April, 2013:

Our featured link for the day is From the Fishouse, an online audio archive of readings by emerging poets.

Our featured participant’s blog is Matt Walker, where the poem for Day 11 makes leaps and turns that recreate the thought process, the process of coming together and fading away.

And now, our prompt. Today’s should be fun — I hope. I challenge you to write a persona poem — that is, a poem in the voice of a particular person who isn’t you. But I’d like you to choose a very particular kind of person. How about a poem in the voice of a superhero (or a supervillain)? Comic book characters are very much like mythological characters — they tend to embody big-picture values or personality traits. Good or bad. Loyal or disloyal! (Heck — some comic book characters are mythologial characters — think of Thor). And like mythological characters, superheroes and supervillains let us tap into deep-seated cultural tropes. So go for it. Whether you identify with Batman, Robin or – gulp – the Joker, let’s hear your poems in another voice. Happy writing!

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Image source:  Wikipedia

ISIS

I am your sister, your mother, your brother,

your father, your cousin.

Yet you forget me.

 

Wrap your arms around a sycamore.

Breathe the bark.

Let the patterns

 

ride along your meridians.

Remember my magic.

For when you are dismembered,

 

I recreate you in the waters of the Nile,

blow breath and desire into your hollow

places, sprinkle you with rainbow wings.

 

I am before Mary.  I taught Eve

to explore.  I come from the ancients,

the gods and goddesses of beyond

 

your recall.  Do not question.

I am with you always,

tattooed in your DNA.

 

When you forget me,

I am still there.

I am still here,

 

in your aura,

in the flight of the hawk

that catches your eye.

 

I am Isis

with wings that embrace

the earth sphere.

 

When you are lost,

I will find you.

Call on me.

Copyright 2013

C.J. Prince

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I write. I read. I write and read...I listen to raindrops on begonias, talk to ravens, dance with dragons. I practice Tai Chi in a barn, I sleep with earth stones and tarot cards. I celebrate each day. Join me!
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