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GloPoWriMo: Day 26

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GloPoWriMo: Day 26

The Day 26 prompt was to write a poetic answer to the question of what future archaeologists, whether human or from alien civilisation, would make of humans.  The poem should explore a particular object or place from the point of view of some far-off, future scientist.  The object or site of study could be anything from a “World’s Best Grandpa” coffee mug to a Pizza Hut, from a Pokemon poster to a cellphone.  I have written the thoughts a member of an alien race might have while studying the artwork we have produced across the ages.

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Artwork on Planet 24684, Uninhabited

The earliest examples
Are scratches and smudges
On the planet’s rocky surfaces
Fairly consistent
Two legged creatures
Thought to be the dominant species
Throwing sharpened sticks into four legged creatures

Other ancient examples include
Elaborate colourful images
Within buildings, often triangular
The two legged creatures in more detail
Many with heads similar to the four legged creatures
With bodies mostly covered in cloth
And complex groups of symbols
Possibly some form of primitive record keeping
To be studied further by an expert
In the Alien Savage Communications Department

Later works are large solid woven fabric boards
Covered in a thick oily substance
Which appears to have been applied in liquid form
With a heavily textured device
Images include this planet, or others
Though the dominant species appears too primitive for travel
And many instances of the two legged creatures
Again with bodies mostly covered in cloth

The most modern examples we have found
Are thin flimsy images printed on plant material
High quality shiny pictures, similar content to the above
But far superior in quality
We are unsure how these were produced
But dating shows that the last ones
Were created approximately fifty years
Before the annihilation of the dominant species
Which the Alien Savage History Department
Believes to have been self inflicted

Copyright, D M Day, 2017

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GloPoWriMo: Day 24

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GloPoWriMo: Day 24

The Day 24 prompt was to write a poem of ekphrasis – that is, a poem inspired by a work of art.  The prompt was to base your poem on a very particular kind of art – the marginalia of medieval manuscripts.   Rabbits hunting wolves, people sitting on nests of eggs, dogs studiously reading books, birds wearing snail shells.  It might have gotten quite boring copying out manuscripts all day, so the monks made their own fun!  I have chosen this picture of two men playing backgammon with similar (but not identical) illustrations above them.

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Best out of Three

Best out of three you said

Yes but, can’t we just do
Best out of five
It’s much the same thing

You lost
Accept it

But, but, best out of five
Come on

Don’t be infuriating
My design is better
It’s shield shaped for one
Which is better to hide behind
The legs on yours are spindly
My red background is fierce
And, I have the crown
So I make the decisions

How about
One more game
Winner takes all
What do you say?

Copyright, D M Day, 2017

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