NaPoWriMo: Day-11 Help! She’s Calling…


ational Poetry Writing Month, Day 11’s challenge to write the Bop.

The invention of Poet Afaa Michael Weaver, the Bop is a kind of a combination sonnet + song. like a Shakespearean sonnet, it introduces, discusses, and then solves (or fails to solve) a problem.

My Bop:


Her eyes shone a tear, her lips quivered with fear, down her face ran a scar like a spear,

Her leg bruised, her hand bleeding, she felt a shooting pain,

Cringing, she looked for a face, Alas! but  in vain,

There on the bloodied floor, a shred of her mother’s scarf  and her brother, so dear,

The remnants of her home – a leg of her only doll,

The hinge of a door and a yellow wall.


“This cannot go on, the whole world’s watching”, her daddy had said


Bombs, weapons, missiles in the starry sky,

The lucky ones cried, the injured writhed in pain,

The city of rose*, now withered by war, full of debris, is what does remain,

Over the rubble, over the corpses, she wondered why,

“Friends”, “Neighbors”, “Developed Nations”, “Super-Powers, “The Islamic State”,

“Religion” they blamed or was it “The Regime”?

No difference her young eyes could see,  both the same did seem,

One buried her mother, the other her kid brother, sealing her dim fate.


“This cannot go on, the whole world’s watching”, her daddy had said.


Let not the children die, Let not a nation fade,

Let all  together stand, with all their glory and might,

And against this violence and insanity, let’s put up a united fight,

If Peace be the only goal, can truce not be made?

Oh Brilliant Minds, Oh Wise Leaders, Pray rise and shine,

The little girl’s waiting, while you drink and dine.


This cannot go on, the whole world’s watching”, her daddy had said.




*The city of rose as in the city of the Damask Rose

Note on this poetry type “The Bop”: 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 a 1 line refrain. Then another six line stanza concludes the problem and is again followed by a refrain.

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10 responses to “NaPoWriMo: Day-11 Help! She’s Calling…”

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  2. Shannon Blood Avatar

    Oh, so poignant and sad. 😦

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      The sad truth though 😦


  3. Gayathri Gurram Avatar
    Gayathri Gurram

    I read it probably more than 6 times today as could empathize every word you meant, such a touching poem and its also so awaking to see what can I contribute to make it better! Very nice writing as its summarized today situation on trauma they are undergoing.. Wow no more other than thank u, as it touched my heart👍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Gayathri. I couldn’t have asked for more. If this poem could move even one person at a time, it may help make a difference.


  4. Smitha V Avatar

    Thank you Jiju. I agree its important to be able to resolve without violence. And yes, it’s a revelation to me as well. I cant imagine there are 21 more to go for this year😊


  5. TN Ramachandran Nair Avatar
    TN Ramachandran Nair

    Conflicts in whatever form, be it among individuals or societies or nations bring disaster and anguish. A world devoid of conflicts will be a wonderful place. The poem has articulated excellently the issue from a child’s eye. Lets pledge and work towards achieving a conflict free world. Kudos to the poet.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much. Yes if we all raise our voices, I am sure there’s some change that we can make. We need to spread the word and stop being indifferent.


      1. Keraleeyan S Avatar
        Keraleeyan S

        Peace is not the absence of conflict ….It is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.

        Beautifully written Smitha ! That so many types of poetry writing exists is a revelation to me.


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