Apr 8, 2009

NaPoWriMo # 8

Poem Factory

So many poems are needed,
Every April; I will open a poem factory.
I will build an assembly line and
I will hire out of work autoworkers,
to man the line.
Some will help pound out the rhythm;
others will run a conveyor belt,
a belt that carries all the words to the Wordsmiths.

I will hire out of work steel workers too.
These former steel workers will transfer their skills,
skills the poem factory needs and can use.
Alphabet letters will be heated to 2000 degrees,
mixed in with molten ideas and poured into molds.
These idea molds will be put on the conveyor belt.
Beatniks will inspect the molds as they go by,
then on to the Wordsmiths who are waiting.

The fun begins when the Wordsmiths start.
Pounding and clanging resound as they take the ideas from the line.
Sledgehammers, mallets, chisels, and all sorts of poem-making tools
will be used to form and shape ideas into words.
There’s some metaphor,
Clang, Clang, Clang
There goes some rhyme.
Clatter, Clatter, Clatter
Here comes free verse, with attitude.
Boom, Boom, Boom
End rhyme wants a place in the company.
Metal shavings fly everywhere,
as the Wordsmiths shape the ideas.

The conveyor belt screeches to a halt…
oh no, we forgot to pay our union dues.
The former steel & autoworkers are striking.

April 8, 2009

8 comments:

Bsquared86 said...

Humorous and timely. A great ode to NaPoWriMo. The last lined made me literally LOL. Thank you for sharing!

Gavin said...

I love the feeling and rhythm of all this work!

Anonymous said...

I love the whole idea of this.

'Alphabet letters will be heated to 2000 degrees,
mixed in with molten ideas and poured into molds.'

I can just picture the factory turning out poems and production stopping at the end.

Pam said...

I really like the steely nature of this poem. It feels metallic in my mouth when I recite it. What a unique way to solve the problem of the out-of-work factory employees.

jimmmaaa said...

Thanks Pam, Watermaid, Gavin, and Bsquare86. I had fun writing this one. It was rolling around in my head for a couple days as I felt under the gun each night to crank out a poem before my midnight deadline.

one more believer said...

ohh jimma, i enjoyed that so much.. and so very very creatitve!

anthonynorth said...

Funny, but so true.

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Penumbra said...

Very nice theme. I like!