Tuesday, April 20, 2010

NaPoWriMo #20 - Hero Poem

Prompt:
As a child, Jessica GC says she had two heroes: Wonder Woman and her mother. “To me, they were one and the same,” says Jessica. “Both had long dark hair. Both were strikingly beautiful, and both had incredible strength.”


Write a poem in which you to pay tribute to your hero, past or present.

Here are few possibilities for inspiration:
• What made your childhood hero so special? What traits did you envy? Are super powers involved?
• Do you have more than one hero? Consider drawing a comparison between them.
• Honor the everyday heroes among us — the policemen, the fire fighters, the troops — risking their lives everyday.
• Did your hero ever fall from the pedestal you put him or her on?
• Maybe you’re the hero you want to write about! Have you ever had a moment when someone has made you feel like a hero? Did you ever save a cat from a burning building? Or maybe it was something as simple as staying up all night with a friend who needed you.
In any case, share with us in your poem what made or makes your hero so deserving of admiration.
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I wanted this to be something different so I tried an instructional poem. I like the idea but it's so rough that I don't have time to really re-write a post-able draft. So I will put this up to revise since it contains the idea/mood I would like the poem to have. 6 minutes to spare....

How to be a hero

I
Speak up and be charming. Ask
for other people’s opinion as if
you were interested in what they had
to say. If you agree, let them know that
they’re “totally, right!” and name off a story
or two to prove your alliances. Laugh wholeheartedly
at their stories.

II
Never let them see you sweat.

III
Tell them about you adore your grandmother, how
you took her in with care. Do not mention
your impatience with her memory. Use words like
sweet and tough and old-school and love.

IV
Let them see you sweat, then pull through just in time.

V
Save someone from a burning building.
If not, save a cat.

VI
Get in a street brawl or a bar fight.

VII
Tell ‘em about the fight.


3 comments:

  1. Love the whole thing...II and IV especially and methinks it's quite clever how they envelope III...that's just a bit of genius right there.

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