Day 27 Poem-a-day challenge

Very late, dear readers, as today was a day when many people bothered the earth spirit who was trying to write a story here! For this reason, my poem developed from this beautiful quote from Joy Harjo. I included it as an epigraph to this poem in a duplex in form, title “Don’t Bother Her.”

Our prompt for Day 27 from “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the poet I.S. Jones. Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line of the poem is the same as the first.”

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Don’t Bother Her

“Don’t bother the earth spirit who lives here. She is working on a story.”

Joy Harjo (How We Became Human)

Don’t bother her; she is working.

Her story comes alive with spirits.

Spirits of the story begin to talk & laugh.

They cry so much earth spirit is nearly drowned.

Tears of the spirits almost drown her.

Do you see them dancing in a circle?

The circle dance tells stories once lost.

She is writing them down now.

Pages and pages, she writes now.

The dark boy & the dark girl laugh ’til they cry.

In this story, the girl & boy laugh with tears.

The earth spirit writes it all down.

So many stories of the circle dance to write down.

Don’t bother her; she is working.

Jacquelyn Markham 4/27/2022

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