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NaPoWriMo2020- Day 8: Golden child

Our prompt for the day (optional as always) asks you to peruse the work of one or more of these twitter bots, and use a line or two, or a phrase or even a word that stands out to you, as the seed for your own poem. Need an example? Well, there’s actually quite a respectable lineage of poems that start with a line by another poet, such as this poem by Robert Duncan, or this one by Lisa Robertson.

I used the line from Sylvia Plath Bot – ‘O golden child the world will kill and eat’ . This is a prompt I’m going to back to in the future. There are just so many lines that I wished to write on.

This poem is for all the children that live in hunger, poverty, in war-torn zones. Its for children that our system hasn’t been able to save.


‘O golden child the world will kill and eat.’
Dark as it may seem, do not let it defeat
The purpose you’re there to meet
The scars on your back and the blisters on your feet
A small price we must pay for an ending so sweet
O golden child its a hungry world out there
It knows only to take but do not let it tear
Or taint your simple soul. Beware!
The bright lights and the smiling faces are a snare
The cross you carry is hard to bear
O golden child the world will snatch and forget
Its a mercenary; do not let-
Your heart so pure, drown in regret
The hurt in your eyes and the brokenness I met
A price I pay for mistakes I must not forget
O golden child this world is not your place
You’re not one of them, though you have their face
Your spirit’s untouched, there is not a trace
Of their wickedness, their greed, their fall from grace
They must pay the price- the entire human race
O golden child forgive me if you can
For the pain you suffer at the hands of Man

Today’s poetry resource is a series of twitter accounts that tweet phrases from different poets’ work. The Sylvia Plath Bot, as you might expect, tweets snippets of Plath. @PercyBotShelley tweets Shelley, @ruefle_exe tweets bits of Mary Ruefle’s poems, and @carsonbot and @sikenpoems send into the world small fragments of the work of Anne Carson and Richard Siken.

And if you’re feeling puckish, perhaps you might enjoy (or enjoy the act of not-enjoying) the “poems” created by @VogonB. If you’ve ever read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you may remember the Vogons as the aggressive aliens who, in addition to destroying the Earth, have an unpleasant habit of reading their poetry – known as the third worst in the entire universe – to their victims.

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