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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

NaPoWriMo Day #12

And finally, here is our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like you to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds). This doesn’t mean necessarily limiting yourself to a few consonants or vowels, although it could. Even relatively restrained alliteration and assonance can help tighten a poem, with the sounds reinforcing the sense. 

I light up as I continue to rip the paper,
it’s almost therapeutic, the ripping of the paper
layer by layer, Woo joins me,
eying the paper that peels off, he bats the balls.
Like a hurricane, I continue tearing,
laughing as I destroy the candy cane paper—
when there seems to be no end in sight,
I finally reach the end—the end?
Saddened, I can’t see the box at first,
I didn’t want the ripping to abruptly end,
yet dad runs over, right past Woo
batting the balled up candy cane paper,
and flips the box ferociously—
all of a sudden, tears turn to a smile:
a globe! What I’ve always wanted!
To track the trips Daniel was taking,
to track the places he has traveled to already.
To track where friends, my friends,
and mom’s friends have traveled to,
bringing me keychains as gifts:
Toronto, Ottawa, Moscow, Prague,
Munich, Tokyo, Chicago, Atlanta—
I’d visit these places someday
and have my own adventures,
eck out my place in this beautiful world,
but for now I will dream as the globe spins
under my Traveling Cats poster.

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