Teenage Lotharios at the Dance: NaPoWriMo 2022, Day 3: The Glosa

they speak whatever’s on their mind

they do whatever’s in their pants
the boys i mean are not refined
they shake the mountains when they dance.
*– e. e. cummings

Teenage Lotharios at the Dance

Along the gym wall they are lined.
These young men of the teen-aged kind
are young and beautifully designed,
but they aren’t subtle, and they aren’t kind.
They speak whatever’s on their mind.

They pose, they preen, they strut, they prance.
They walk by girls and joke and glance,
at intermission make their advance 
and if they score a date, perchance,
they do whatever’s in their pants

For them, romance is a slow grind.
For years, they’ve plotted and they’ve pined.
so after  girls are wooed and wined,
it’s very likely they will find
the boys I mean are not refined.

But, if girls can put up with their rants,
beguile the knight, repel his lance,
 stay firm in their “wont’s” and “cant’s.”
and get them back inside, by chance,
they shake the mountains when they dance.




The prompt for NaPoWriMo today is to write a Glose or Glosa Poem.The glose or glosa is an interesting Spanish form. The basic premise is that you quote four lines of poetry as an epigraph from another poem or poet. These four lines act as a refrain in the final line of the four stanzas written by the poet. So the first line of the epigraph would be the final line of the first stanza, the second line ends the second stanza, etc.

The most common convention is for each of these stanzas to be ten lines in length, but NaPoWriMo is not holding us to this rule. There are no other hard and fast rules for rhymes or syllables, though line length is usually consistent within the poem (so the epigraph kind of sets the line length).

*From “the boys i mean are not refined” by e. e. cummings:

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

8 thoughts on “Teenage Lotharios at the Dance: NaPoWriMo 2022, Day 3: The Glosa

  1. Sam

    Good thing you do not hold me to the rules because you already know that I never follow them anyway~! But I had to defend myself~!

    Cummings and Goings

    At least you used the less vulgar verse
    for Cummings later got much worse
    vulgar thoughts from his mind did burst
    he should have stopped with the first.

    You hurt my feeling with your askance
    I could not control what was in my pants
    when I asked if you would like to dance.
    But if today you give me another chance
    things, due to age, are now much advanced.

    Because I would be a lot more suave
    and no embarrassment would evolve
    for my childish thoughts are now solved
    your opinion of me can be absolved
    though worse problems may now be involved~!

    My dance today is not so bouncy and fast
    in fact, to the end of a song it does seldom last
    and my childhood thoughts are long ago past.
    The chattering ladies will no longer be aghast
    for even their minds have much improved crass.

    So now tell me, which of you girls came up with the decoration of those balloons in the photo.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I did. Aren’t they lovely? By the end of the next summer, we’d tiled the ceiling and i had tiled the entire basement. My sister painted a huge mural of a man with a sombrero over his face taking a siesta leaning against a cactus. Go figure

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  2. krstaten

    This was a really fun read. I love the use of the same end rhyme throughout each stanza, I don’t think I could’ve done it without too much repetition or predictable rhymes but you made it work so well!



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