napowrimo-5- april 2020-“Twenty Little Poetry Projects”- agrinauts


Today the Earth cried
While the sun looked orange like her hennaed hair
She bought with her some rainbow coloured chart papers 
for each of them.
Today being a creative class where they could pour their souls,
spill their thoughts and paint a dream for themselves
Miss  Vedika couldn’t let the adversities of village in Mali 
dampen the spirit of her class

This class would have to do without Chalk and board this time
Vedika knew the demons of no sponsorships were not
as big as drought and famine
Was thirst of knowledge enough to feed so many mouths then?
was a territory she normally excused herself of.
After all,She was just a instrument 
in a form of Teacher to help
these students learn to make a headway in life

Aw ni  wula, I ni tile, dilan dow danfara 
(good afternoon, make some difference )
she greeted as they came
It had started to drizzle 
as she passed on the sheets and colour pens
While the crops bathed in the backyard,
her flock gathered to educate themselves
Vedika addressed her students, 
“now we go on a little Mars expedition, will you all join me”. 

“Ofcourse’’ was an instant response 
a huge cheer as the strong breeze too joined the class
with  rapt attention
Can you then create an art to inspire Elu
to start organic farming in Mars
Vedika had just read an article,
about researcher’s explorations about Mars
And  she was sure that these bunch
of future Agrinauts would impress everyone

I farati( Look out), make this your opportunity and
lay the seed of your crop of imagination
that can sustain any storms
After over a month of classes,here was the fruit of her labour,
canvases like A waste management system, crop rotation,
healthy field etc were laid depicting
how they had implemented the lessons
and also future aspirations like probably the Mars.

After a healthy discussion,
they all walked outside to the parapet 
towards the field along with Vedika 
to cultivate new vegetation this summer.

Some Facts:
Mali- Mali is officially the Republic of Mali
is a landlocked country in West Africa.
Language - Bambara
Aw ni  wula, I ni tile, dilan dow danfara  
=good afternoon, make some difference
I farati- Look out
Elu- my nickname

Twenty Little Poetry Projects was developed by Jim Simmerman had this unusual but exciting prompt challenge:

Begin the poem with a metaphor.

Say something specific but utterly preposterous

Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.

Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.

Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.

Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.

Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.

Use an example of false cause-effect logic.

Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).

Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”

Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.

Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”

Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.

Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.

Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.

Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.

Use a phrase from a language other than English.

Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).

Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.

Copyright©2020-11th April by Elvira Lobo (All rights reserved; unauthorized use prohibited)

Disclaimer: The image(s) in the post are taken from Google. I don’t claim any of its rights. 

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