Bilin*: A Bop
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer
I have five suitors, whom shall I pick?
First’s stable, yet tainted with dark fables.
Second’s witty, yet looked a bit sickly.
Third’s charming, yet with brusque that’s alarming.
Fourth’s a fresh face, yet skills might be fazed.
Fifth’s a veteran, yet with tendencies to cram.
Among these five suitors whom shall I pick?
I need someone, who can aid chaotic traffic.
Someone who can put food-full plates,
in every house at lowest rates.
Someone who will be honest,
aims for corruption rate at its lowest.
Someone who possess a pure heart,
filled with desire to create not crooked start.
Who among my five suitors will wed me on May?
Should I be nervous or should I be gay?
Whoever wins my kids’ highest vote,
he’ll be my husband for six years of course.
I just hope my billion-people will choose,
the best, the fittest among my suitors.
*Bilin is a Tagalog/Filipino word which means request, directions, instructions, order, advice.
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In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: B is for Bop
- A recent invention, the Bop was created by Afaa Michael Weaver during a summer retreat of the African American poetry organization, Cave Canem.
- Not unlike the Shakespearean sonnet in trajectory, the Bop is a form of poetic argument consisting of three stanzas, each stanza followed by a repeated line, or refrain, and each undertaking a different purpose in the overall argument of the poem.
- The first stanza (six lines long) states the problem, and the second stanza (eight lines long) explores or expands upon the problem. If there is a resolution to the problem, the third stanza (six lines long) finds it. If a substantive resolution cannot be made, then this final stanza documents the attempt and failure to succeed.
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