So I was having a lazy day. And I had this idea playing around in my head about using poetry for a fundraiser.
Now, while I write poetry, most of it is rather questionable, even by me. But I do write, I think, decent nonsense, and I like to think I can turn out a rhyme without too much effort. So why not offer to write silly poems for people, , yes? While this wouldn’t be immortal verse, each one would unquestionably be written for the person who asked, and hopefully, also something that would make her or him laugh, which is a cool reward. So the experimental round went okay. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but it was challenging, fun, and it didn’t feel like a chore. And, gratifyingly, most of the
patrons seemed to like what I wrote for them, or at least they were nice enough to say they did.
So now here’s the
offer for real.
Tell me one important thing about yourself and where you’re from, and I’ll write you a short poem. Don’t expect subtlety and profundity that captures your essence; I do promise to work on your poem, to use a poetic form (most probably the limerick, or clerihews, maybe mock-senryu, even the fiendishly hard double dactyl if you have a six-syllable — or thereabouts — name and if I can manage one) and I will aim for a laugh from you.
If you like what I send, then you must promise to support the wonderful
initiative that Pratham Books
hosts. By, you know, donating books or paying for books for children.