The prompt for day 5 of NaPoWriMo is another challenging one, asking us 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.” Langston Hughes lit the initial spark of my love for poetry my junior year of high school so I decided to model my poem on one of his. I felt like a challenge, so I chose his powerful poem “I, Too” as my blueprint.
I will swing wide my front door, Invite you with warm welcome. They hold no sway here in my kitchen. When you come to dine, Bring your laugh And hunger And stay long. Tonight's meal I'll seat you at the head. Why not come to dine? No reason to wait. Sit with me. Eat at my table. Thrive. Brother, They'll see how beautiful we are And be intrigued- I have swung wide my front door.