Day Eleven – A Bop


EArth on Fire.2017
Photo from Pixabay


Our world is a mess these days.
Too many demands on limited natural resources.
Too much time and money spent in the destructive pursuit
of progress.
Urban oases of green sacrificed to the greedy god of growth.
Too much concrete and asphalt. Where does it end?

Be still and the Earth will  teach you her ways.

There’s a balance and a rhythm
Ancient as Time itself.
The yin and yang of living in harmony with the Earth.
But Man is consumed by greed.
The never-ending quest for power and dominion over the natural world.
Power that pollutes our waters, poisons our air.
Until the last best hope for our survival is gone.
Gone like the Carolina parakeet and sea mink.

Be still and the Earth will teach you her ways.

You’re not as insignificant as you feel
When you stare in disbelief at the open scars of a new highway
Cutting through woods you played in as a child.
Maybe you can’t stop greed-fueled progress
But you can teach your children to love the Earth.
To cherish and protect, rather than destroy.

Be still and the Earth will teach you her ways.

© Kalen Kingsbury 2017

Here is the prompt from NaPoWriMo on April 11, 2017
The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of combination sonnet + song. Like a Shakespearean sonnet, it introduces, discusses, and then solves (or fails to solve) a problem. Like a song, it relies on refrains and repetition. In the basic Bop poem, a six-line stanza introduces the problem, and is followed by a one-line refrain. The next, eight-line stanza discusses and develops the problem, and is again followed by the one-line refrain. Then, another six-line stanza resolves or concludes the problem, and is again followed by the refrain. Here’s an example of a Bop poem written by Weaver, and here’s another by the poet Ravi Shankar






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