Day 14, NaPoWriMo


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“Conversation Between Malcolm and His Master”

Where are you, Alphie; you, who knew my ways?
I heard your voice in sadness and in strife.
My heart will search for you remaining days.

Strong-willed was I, like roaring of the waves;
But I was faithful to the end of life.
Where are you, Malcolm; you, who knew my ways?

I’m spirit-sad, I mourn you as I stray.
My loneliness and fear cut like the knife.
My heart will search for you remaining days.

You sought my footprints; those you did obey.
I wait for you throughout my endless night.
Where are you, Malcolm? You, who knew my ways?

Where are you now, my loyal pal in play?
We raced this beach in youth; our bodies lithe.
My heart will search for you remaining days.

I’ll find you, Alphie, in Valhalla’s bays.
You were my hero once that was so blithe.
Where are you, Alphie; you, who knew my ways?
My heart will search for you remaining days.

(form: Villanelle)

write a poem that takes the form of a dialogue. Your conversant could be real people, or be personifications, as in Andrew Marvell’s A Dialogue Between the Soul and the Body, or Yeats’ A Dialogue of Self and Soul. Like Marvell, and Yeats, you could alternate stanzas between your two speakers, or perhaps you could give them alternating lines. Your speakers could be personifications, like those in Marvell and Yeats’ poems, or they could be two real people. Hopefully, this prompt will give you a chance to represent different points of view in the same poem, or possibly to create a dramatic sense of movement and tension within the poem.

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