Nothing is Wasted Here – NaPoWriMo 2017 – Day eleven – prompt Bop Poem


Nothing is Wasted Here


For a long time it lay against the fence;

what was once used as the roof of a chicken shed.

Now that we have no chickens

it can’t just lay there; it must be put to some use.

What’s to store, make room for more

A roof, a roof, for something or other.


Nothing is wasted here.


I could use it on an angle!

A bicycle shed maybe.

Except, no one in our household

with a bicycle that needs a shed.

Perhaps,  an implement shed,  our garden tools!

But I already have one of those

sufficient to our needs.

I have an informal structure in mind.


Nothing is wasted here.


After a long hot summer, autumn arrives.

A design, in which, I can include other things not to be wasted.

I prepare the ground and lay bricks as a floor.

Four big posts at each corner firmly positioned

Raised, with some help, that roof, corrugated iron for the sides;

YEAH! I have haply erected a woodshed.


Nothing is wasted here


Benita H. Kape (c) 11.4.2017

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 Shakespearian 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.