NaPoWriMo Day 21: Just as Rosa Jamila’s poems often sound like they come out of a myth or fairy tale (and not always one with a happy ending), today I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman. Instead of writing from the point of view of Orpheus or Eurydice, write from the point of view of one of the shades in Hades who watched Eurydice leave and then come back. Happy writing!
What are the chances that I would land on her little head —
Between September and November, in a two-second free fall?
And then this silly chicken runs around preaching dread!
I was simply diving for a warm place to sprout;
No intention of inciting an uproar of fear and doubt.
I should have planned my descent, been more careful;
Verified my method;
Paid attention to the height of the Oak tree;
Got a better grade in Physics than a “D.”
~Just L (April 21, 2016)