NaPoWriMo Day 11: Bop Poem

Here’s our (optional) prompt for the day: the Bop. The invention of poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of combination sonnet + song. Like a Shakespearan sonnet, it introduces, discusses, and then solves (or fails to solve) a problem. Like a song, it relies on refrains and repetition. In the basic Bop poem, a six-line stanza introduces the problem, and is followed by a one-line refrain. The next, eight-line stanza discusses and develops the problem, and is again followed by the one-line refrain. Then, another six-line stanza resolves or concludes the problem, and is again followed by the refrain.

Unfinished

The notebook on my
night stand is full
of fragments, like
this poem I write
while you sleep
half uncovered

The night is deep, I watch you sleep

You snore
gently enough to
wake the cat
at your feet. I
watch your side
rise and fall, scribble
these thoughts
barely coherent

The night is deep, I watch you sleep

I set the notebook
and pencil by the novel
I’ll read tomorrow
crawl under the comforter
Beside you I’m whole
unlike this unfinished verse

The night is deep, I watch you sleep

 

–Scott Rhoades

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