Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a poem called the “Twenty Little Poetry Projects” and was originally developed by Jim Simmerman. The challenge is to use/do all twenty prompts in the same poem. The poem I wrote is about a warrior fighting a sea monster that he will defeat but will mortally wound him on his way to discovering a truth.
Angel of Versailles
The stormy ocean was a raging bull.
The beast’s stomping flooded my tiny boat.
I could smell its heavy breath fill my sails.
And see it’s gaze look at me with deafening thunderclaps.
“You will not sink Captain Samual Coal, foul demon!” I yelled into the roaring darkness.
“Better serpents from Darwin to Diego have tried and failed!”
I felt the lie and knew this beast would be my undoing.
A lifetime as prepper would not give me the edge.
It must have sensed how close I was to the truth.
“Ana’al Dath Rak!” Growled the bull through clenched horns.
Before me stood the red sky of fate.
I see the beautiful creature of death and marvel.
It’s dumb anger unaware of my vorpal blade.
Another victim for the Angel of Versailles.
I would survive the goring wound and beyond.
But it would haunt me until my soft crypt.
“I will be the Master and Commander!” he sneered back.
The beast bellowed back, “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt!”
(Men willingly believe what they wish)
“Enough! Let us drink of thine monster’s rage and be onward,” rattled his sword from its sheath.
In the flash of red sky fate, my side did tear before the bitter end.