Over the Top

I have to say that the the past few days’ NaPoWriMo prompts have not really grabbed me, but I have faithfully plodded on getting up and writing and posting something daily. Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt didn’t really do it for me either. The prompts are optional, but no other prospect appeared, so I decided to just treat this as a five finger exercise, a poetry etude. This was the prompt:

today we challenge you to write a poem of over-the-top compliments. Pick a person, place, or thing you love, and praise it in the most effusive way you can. Go for broke with metaphors, similes, and more. Need a little inspiration? Perhaps you’ll find it in the lyrics of Cole Porter’s “You’re The Top.”


So my offering today has no particular person, place or thing in mind. I just decided to see how many over the top, effusive, statements I could make that would rhyme with ‘Top.” So, today I have simply indulged in word play.

Over the Top
Anything Goes
Over the Top
My ickle licky lollypop,
you’re the cure I suck from every cough drop.
You inspire such belly flops
that you are my go to non-stop
when pursued by traffic cops.
We’re desperados outwitting hotel bellhops.
We’re sneaking out before the cheque flops.
You are my hat, shoe, book, coffee, butcher,
bucket and head shop.
You are the pepperoni on my pizza top,
the fizz in my soda pop,
and all the food I need, my mutton chop.
You deserve for the organ to let out all its stops.
You shine when drenched in soft spring raindrops.
You grace the wallpaper of my ancient laptop.
because you make a destination of any old whistle stop.
You make my heart beat be-bop.
You are the Swing Time that keeps me on the hop,

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