NaPoWriMo 2021 #12 – Classics and SciFi

This prompt challenges you to write a poem using at least one word/concept/idea from each of two specialty dictionaries: Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary and the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction. A hat tip to Cathy Park Hong for a tweet that pointed me to the science fiction dictionary and to Hoa Nguyen for introducing me to the Classical Dictionary.

NaPoWriMo 2021 – #12

I’m two days ahead of the prompts,
So I’m not gonna sweat it too much.
But I think I can squeeze out a stanza
From the concept of the tesseract.

A tesseract, simply stated, allows one
To collapse the time and space continuum
Separating two bodies so the relative
movement is almost instantaneous,

And the transition from one to the other
Requires little to no velocity, only direction,
Only a step away in time and space,
Especially if it’s someone you love.

The Classical Dictionary is too difficult
To read online at Internet Archive.
But I have the Old Testament of my
Newfound faith: Whitman’s Leaves of Grass;
And my Good News Gospel: August Wilson’s
American Century Cycle of plays.

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