2021 NaPoWriMo April 12 When Daphnis the shepherd met the Alphacentaurian


Our prompt (optional, as always). I’m calling this one “Past and Future.” 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.

“Daphnis
Sicilian shepherd
Son of Mercury and a nymph

“AI sentient computer
Alphacentaurian
Android artificial being of synthetic flesh”

When Daphnis the shepherd
met the Alphacentaurian

Who’s Who For Whom?

For Daphnis the shepherd
in the shade of a laurel tree
the Alphacentaurian
stirred a memory
of centaurs, creatures
half-man, half-horse,
trotting thru myths,
galloping thru dreams,
carved in marble
and twinkling, it seems,
amongt heavenly constellations.


For Xeladon, the Alphacentaurian,
Daphnis the shepherd
seemed no aberration
a star-seeded operator of sheep,
i. e. compacted clouds,
custom-made, self-propelled,
sentient robots,
routinely flown in,
like he himself,
from a far stellar bleep.


Centaur-happy Daphnis
and Xeladon,
the Alphacentaurian,
meet up in Sicily
(it half-rhymes with scifi
and half with mythology),
relax together
on their backs,
gaze at the sky,
and try agree
on who owns which galaxy.

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