National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 24

My day 24 poem for National Poetry Writing Month sort of uses the prompt on Napowrimo.net—to write an ekphrastic poem about the stuff found in the margins of medieval manuscripts. I made a couple of attempts, but quickly got bored. So, this is what I ended up doing:

…and there was much rejoicing

I know the Xerox copier was only a loaner,
and Brother Dominic had to go back to pen and paper
for the next 500 sets.

But I’m really not interested
in whatever bizarre renderings—
            the dragon-like creatures,
            cat-headed snails,
            bat-winged boars,
            flatulent knights jousting,
            naughty priests,
            and nasty nuns—
he consigned to the margins
of his assigned manuscripts.

If I really want to see medieval figures playing butt trumpets,
I’ve got Monty Python and the Holy Grail on blu-ray.

(23 April 2017—posted April 24th ET)

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7 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2017, Day 24

    1. Thanks! And I had to use the prompt, since that’s part of my writing challenge for the month—i.e., use the napowrimo.net prompts, whether I like them or not.

    1. Thanks! As I mentioned, I was all happy about getting to do an ekphrastic poem—and then I saw the medieval part.…

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