Prompt: Found poetry – utilize a previous work and turn it into a poem
I used the first bit of my short story addendum titled “Promise to Milton” to construct this piece. “Promise to Milton” was part of a larger piece called “Life of a Schoolgirl” that came from a summer writing challenge which ultimately was the basis of my novel An Affair to Die For.
I did move some phrases around and add in some stuff so it’s not a true blacking out poem like I did with the Sherlock piece a while back. And this is a lot choppier than I’m used to.
Raising an eyebrow
Shook my head
Paradise on Monday morning?
Rules to defend sleep?
Wednesday evening dinner
In front of the TV
A lot of work
To perfect my Wednesday
When it comes to love
And you feel the walls shatter
And the laughter resound and reverberate throughout your whole body
Let the idealist lead and the realist govern
They tell you
“They are chemicals
Giving way to chemicals
Controlled by electrical impulses
Take your place
Control this urge to destroy
Capture this conflict
That colours your world”
“Where did all the Passion go?
The lingering bliss?”
“Just a novelty
Ordinary, so ordinary
Don’t bother to look
Or to feel”
I will never forgive you
Or forget my dreams
What I truly see is what I cannot have
Do not try to be happy
All the world’s a stage
And all men and women merely players*
Their colours and their forms, were then to me
An appetite: a feel and a love
That had no need of a remoter charm**
One little soldier boy left all alone
He went out and hanged himself
And then there were none***
And the hapless Soldiers sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls****
Prompt: Think of a place that you love to visit or would like to visit some day. Create a piece based on the feelings that place gives you.
*As You Like it By WIlliam Shakespeare
** “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour” By William Wordsworth
***Nursery Rhyme featured in And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie
****”London” By William Blake