Archie…! – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 26

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How Do?!


The sky is a light grey outside of my windows, but I have been watching a very industrious robin flipping over small parts of our back grass in order to line her nest.  It must be hard building the intricate cradle, doing all the incubating, and then looking after several kids at once with just a small beak to work with!

I directed my thoughts to Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt, fully expecting to be able to use this observation:


“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that contains at least one of a different kind of simile – an epic simile. Also known as Homeric similes, these are basically extended similes that develop over multiple lines. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they have mainly been used in epic poems, typically as decorative elements that emphasize the dramatic nature of the subject (see, by way of illustration, this example from Milton’s Paradise Lost). But you could write a complete poem that is just one lengthy, epic simile, relying on the surprising comparison of unlike things to carry the poem across. And if you’re feeling especially cheeky, you could even write a poem in which the epic simile spends lines heroically and dramatically describing something that turns out to be quite prosaic.”  [From: Day Twenty-Six (]


But it turns out that my mind had other plans. *Shrugs*

bronze statue of an archer

As a mighty Archer of old,

destined from infancy to defend their king against

the most ardent adversaries –

willing to give their life to shield others from

villainy and injustice –

took up their bow in a culmination of their practiced skill,

calculating precise angles as the string grew taut;

So too did our nine-year-old hero

close one fire-filled eye

and send a mushy missile

hurtling from the tip of his fork

until it met its cushioned target:

the left posterior cheek

of his unsuspecting mother.



I hope that you get more rest than a Robin, and dodge all mushy missiles today.


Take care, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow 😉



Monty X

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4 Responses to “Archie…! – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 26”

  1. Harmony Kent Says:

    Oh! Fantastic simile! I adore this, CJ 💕🙂

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Aww thank you!
    Loved your poetic mastery on your site, fitting in syllabic gymnastics for good measure because you can 😉

  3. Arti Says:

    Loved your poem. Also, wanted to let you know that I’ve shared it on my blog today.
    Happy Wednesday. Hope the robin’s doing good:)

  4. Montaffera Says:

    Aww thank you, Arti, that’s kind of you. I read a few of your poems too, congratulations on being featured twice! Well deserved 🙂

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