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Sunday, April 3, 2016

NaPoWriMo Day #3: Fan Letters

As everyone knows by now all poems I write this month are going into my book, As Far As The Eyes Can See. Today's prompt is interesting and it has me debating because I am writing about Acrassicauda (especially how I would love to meet them) and I am also writing about meeting and seeing Twiztid. While my book is about traveling, it's also about journeys as well because I think traveling can be for fun, spiritual, and personal. However, I don't want to stray too far. Would these poems be okay? Would they be too much of a stretch. Opinions please!

The prompt:
And last but not least, here is today’s (optional, as always) prompt. Yesterday, we wrote portraits of families. Today, let’s turn our vision outward, and write fan letters. I challenge you to write a poem in the form of a fan letter to a celebrity. Now, this could be a celebrity from long ago, and needn’t be an actor or singer (though it could be). You could write to George Washington or Dorothy Dandridge, Marie Curie or The Weeknd. Happy writing!

مرحباً--
or maybe hi,
I don't know if you like
a greeting in Arabic
or if you prefer the English
of a mixed Arabic-English letter.
شكراً
I really do appreciate your patience,
your patience with my attempt at a language,
your patience in talking with me
and you haven't written me off as a crazy fan--
at least I hope not.
أناآسف
Anyway, I write to you
because I see you're having a sale
a sale on all apparel and CDs.
I'm thinking of buying a sweatshirt
because the sweatshirts look awesome
and nice and warm for an East Coast winter.
Would you mind signing one for me
after I buy this sweatshirt?
I'd really appreciate it.
I just love you guys
and everything you do,
everything you've done for your fans
over the past six years of my fandom.
مع السلام جسسيكا

And here's a poem I wrote about receiving the sweatshirt back in November.

I have received the letter and sweatshirt from Marwan!
I received it one week before Thanksgiving in 2015,
delivered to King of Prussia from Brooklyn in high temperatures;
I wish Acrassicauda would have delivered it to me themselves,
instead of having Mr. Postman deliver it to my door
through the fallen leaves and freshly cut grass, done for the season.
This box holding my signed sweatshirt and his letter
traveled from what I picture in my dreams -

living in a brownstone: his place could have been in that neighborhood,
the beautiful neighborhood I walked through on the way to the Morbid Museum,
with tons of trees and a few homes growing grapes like Aunt Millie did
when she lived in Brooklyn until 1992,
the package might have traveled from where she used to live!
Traveled through frigid Cortland to snowy Eastern Nassau,
I'm glad that the box didn't travel through Connecticut to Canada;
where snows begin to fall around now, almost blizzard like conditions.
Though, it still would have been nice if Acrassicauda made the travel,

play me a song or two as they hands me the box.
But, one could only dream. However, maybe, when I go back to Brooklyn for a concert--
I have received the letter and sweatshirt, signed with care, from Acrassicauda!



I did contact Marwan about hanging out next week when I hang out in Brooklyn after I fly into JFK from Toronto. After Toronto I decided to hang out in NYC on April 10. I sent it on Wednesday and he didn't read it, I don't think, this morning and I unsent it. I don't want to be that person. I would love to meet them, but I will wait for a concert. I did make reservations for Tanoreen and the owner tweeted me back. Remember that Palestinian fish dish I made twice? That's the chef that published that book I found in the library. I love discovering new things and I can't wait to try Tanoreen. I'm looking forward to Toronto and NYC! 3 more days!


 Here is a video of a non-personal letter I sent Twiztid. I tweeted this video letter to Twiztid back in 2013. I can turn this into a poem.


Here's a poem I wrote for NaPoWriMo 2014 when I had a huge crush on Monoxide.


Poem #1 (Monoxide Has Received My Letter!)

Monoxide has received my long, drawn out letter!
He received it on Christmas Day 2013 in Roseville, Michigan,
but brought it to the 21 Club in New York City in late February;
I wish I would have known because I would have loved to meet him,
instead I planned my move to Roseville, wouldn't it be funny
if Monoxide and I became neighbors? Hopefully he's not unnerved,
after all I found his address on Google and then sent him a letter.
"Don't let your loyalty become your slavery,
if they don't appreciate what you bring to the table- make them eat alone,"
Monoxide is very wise. Forget Pennsylvania and those that ran away;
I can meet Eminem, I remember wanting to marry him when I was 12,
but I would rather marry you at almost 25;
though, it would just be great to meet you, become buddies;
but, one could only dream. However, maybe, when I get to Roseville--
Monoxide has received my long, drawn out letter!


Though, I don't want to add Poem #1 to my book. Maybe I'll just add the Acrassicauda ones, then the Twiztid letter one, and seeing them in concert.

4 comments:

  1. I love this idea! Also like the family-portrait as a writing prompt. I've always loved using family dynamics as a central plot point. Families are so interesting.

    I would love to draw you something! Did you have anything specific in mind?

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    1. Thank you! The NaPoWriMo site offers interesting prompts to say the least. Same with Writing.com. Both sites have been a big help with book work, though.

      I loved your Abraham drawing! I'm working on a personal spiritual journal for myself and that type of character would be perfect. Could you draw a character like Abraham? Thank you!

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    2. I'll do my best. :) I'll go through all the post ideas I had for the A-Z Bible Stories and see if I can put something together just for you. I'm open to requests.

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