Napowrimo 16 Hail Poetry

Hail poetry, thou heav’n born maid

O poem, where are you?
Here I am with subject full in my face:
a dogged wasp climbs the window
only to slide back to the start
on slick newly shined glass
to start again … and start again…
But words have gone missing,
coyly hiding from me
and no poem comes near.


The title comes from The Pirates of Penzance – four lines from WS Gilbert set to the glorious harmonies of Arthur Sullivan – sung by a quartet all kneeling in homage to poetry.

Hail, Poetry, thou heav’n-born maid!
Thou gildest e’en the pirate’s trade.
Hail flowing font of sentiment
All hail, all hail.  Divine emollient!

The prompt, to address a poem,  is for day 15 Napowrimo, but I’m all behind.



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6 Responses to Napowrimo 16 Hail Poetry

  1. I love how you found your poem in the wasp…perfect likening with the ‘starting again.’ Very visual. 🙂

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  2. Ron. says:

    The sliding bee image….great stuff, V. Whaddya mean, “ poem comes near”?

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  3. colonialist says:

    I do like the:
    ‘only to slide back to the start
    on slick newly shined glass’
    and Gilbert’s ‘flowing font of sentiment’.
    Sorry to learn that you have developed an overlarge bottom …
    *flees at considerable speed*

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