Bilin*: A Bop


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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62 thoughts on “Bilin*: A Bop”

    1. Oh that’s your first Filipino word! That makes me want to do my tradition with you… of teaching a word I teach all my blogger friends which now includes you JAde. 🙂
      Thank you for your comment! 😀

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    2. Here it is my lovely friend:

      1. noun. It is the sudden feeling of an inexplicable joy one gets when something romantic or idealistic occurs.

      When kilig, one may experience the following:

      *butterflies in one’s stomach
      *heart melting
      *shivers down one’s spine
      *irrepressible noises from one’s mouth
      *uncontrollable smiling
      *an inner conflict between hope of something wished for and reality

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    1. Yay! thank you! 😀 I am glad it blow you away. 😀
      I missed mentioning it but this poem is about the presidential election happening on May here in my little country. 🙂


      1. Not really…I’m so not interested in politics; don’t really trust any to tell the truth, and actually Lead the Country… 😉 You’ve probably heard some of the ballyhoo, with Donald Trump as one candidate…total insanity, all about egos and Money!

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      2. haha! yeah I’ve heard quite a lot about the hullabaloo especially about Trump. We have our own share of political craziness here. I think politics is really synonymous to crazy. 😀


      3. You’re so right about them being synonymous! The church leaders are advising folks to vote for a Christ-follower, but it’s pretty hard to tell who might fit that description–yikes!

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  1. Great poem!!
    I love that you are using this challenge to entertain as well as educate. I LOVE poetry, but I know very little about it. Thank you for sharing not only your amazing talent, but also your knowledge.

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    1. Wow! That’s a lot my dear Kay! I really appreciate it! ❤
      This is actually about the upcoming Presidential election here in my country. The five suitors are the five presidential candidate. 🙂 Sorry I missed mentioning that. 🙂

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    1. YAY! Thank you!
      A riddle it is. I forgot to mention that this is actually about the Presidential election happening in May here in the Philippines. The five suitors are the five presidential candidates. 🙂
      The poem speaker is my mother country, the Philippines. 🙂


      1. Actually, we have the same choice. But now I am torn… if she can still live up to it. Nonetheless, I will vote for a woman pres and a woman vp. 🙂

        I pray for that too! 🙂


  2. I’m so glad I came by – poetry AND politics! A great combination, a la Walt Whitman all the way to Maggie Estep. And I learned stuff too – What bilin means and a new, to me, form of poetry. Cool.

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  3. I am learning more about various poetry forms here than anywhere else! I so love this one too. I actually end up reading some of them out loud. It is so much fun 😀 And educational. Apart from your poems (I love them) what I really like is the fact that you also give a brief explanation about the poetry form and how it’s used etc. That is actually very sweet of you. It helps newbies like me to explore the wonderland of poetry.

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    1. yay! i am sooooo touched to read your thoughts, NJ! That is my goal, actually, to share the forms and learn with you. 🙂 I am no expert, I am a newbie myself and I would love to explore the vast wonderland poetry with you! 🙂


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