Counting Chickens, NaPoWriMo, Day 13

Count it all–

their accounts

of no account

when actions speak

much louder than bombastic words–

reactions to polls and money–

but the interest accrues

while we are bruised.

Then come choices

so, choose—

or believe fake news.

Ready?

Set.

Go–

put on your boots,

there’s muck to rake,

and much at stake,

and much to count,

a HUGE amount.

So, raise your feet,

slop through the fetid tweets.

Where does it end–

well, how much does truth bend?

Or, is truth a sword?

Then thrust and parry, stab and swoop,

count all the chickens in the coop

and when you truly know their number,

then at last,

you can slumber.

 

José Maria Sousa de Moura Girão (1840/1916), “My First Egg,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wasn’t sure what to do with today’s NaPoWriMo prompt, “to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended,” so, I just started, and this is what happened.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 thoughts on “Counting Chickens, NaPoWriMo, Day 13

  1. The great thing about your poem is that we could pretty much drop it anywhere in history and make it stick, well, except for the double meaning on tweets. I mean, am I right? Maybe we should get a history expert to agree with me… know anyone like that, Merril? 😉 (hahahaha!)

  2. The “Count” won’t be measured accurately until years pass and hopefully “Reason” returns!
    I like how you mentioned a “HUGE amount!” The discrepancy is Huge, for sure, between what is right and wrong, in my mind.

  3. Pingback: NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 13 – “Going To Seed” by David Ellis | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

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