NaPoWriMo : Day 5 (Chameleon)


Poetry Prompt:  This prompt challenges you to find a poem, and then write a new poem that has the shape of the original, and in which every line starts with the first letter of the corresponding line in the original poem.

I thought about imitation, then about that bird that puts its own eggs in the nest of another to raise, then that movie about the never-ending suburb that Eisenberg was trapped in. Then I figured I should actually write a poem. About influence. Sure, why not.

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 5 (yes, I do get paid/read.)


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
Viral trends prove
This fact unilaterally
Pop culture trending
As bandwagon hoppers
Vie for top spot billing
Can’t be the first
Won’t be last
When will the bubble burst
Wait poised for the next
For better or worse

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