“…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. Here’s an example of a Bop poem written by Weaver, and here’s another by the poet Ravi Shankar.”
Eeee-Yeah…with not the slightest disrespect to poets Weaver and Shankar, I don’t think I could compose a “bop” poem even if they paid me serious dough. What did come immediately to mind were the following songs (partial compliance to the prompt: “bop”—song/sonnet combo).
As far as offering you a poem—which is the true and proper option during NaPoWriMo—I’ve failed the mission miserably today. I hope the “old-timers” enjoy!
Who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop? Barry Mann.
I’m on a roll–let’s DANCE!
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