My mind will race you
to stay ahead
Darkness followed me around
surreptitiously, you never noticed
Push you to your limits
My own little death eater
Red or black – which do you prefer?
All of us will bleed purple ink
Only through voodoo
to be a pin cushion
Down, down, down into the depths
Your soul? I couldn’t care less
What will bug you no more
is my heart
it eats what it loves
Death by love
Had I not looked into the mirror
I’d see my own true worth
Shit numbers – strings of them
to the sounds of a thunderstorm
Say it now – and it will be heard no more
- Find a poem in a book or magazine (ideally one you are not familiar with).
- Use a piece of paper to cover over everything but the last line.
- Now write a line of your own that completes the thought of that single line you can see, or otherwise responds to it.
- Move your piece of paper up to uncover the second-to-last line of your source poem
- Write the second line of your new poem to complete/respond to this second-to-last line.
The prompt also featured a lovely resource: this collection of images of poets’ first drafts of their poems, complete with their crossings-out/notes. So I’ve made a picture of David’s book, and my first draft next to it. The purple lines are by David, the green ones were my response.
David’s poem called The Only Light That Matters In My World is a love poem, and it’s longer than mine. I simply finished mine after I had filled two pages in my note book. David wrote the poem April 2014. His poem is loving and light. Four years it sparks a poem that’s dark and heavy…
(By the way: my guess is April is not a coincidence, since I know David through #NaPoWriMo 😉
Many thanks to NaPoWriMo.net for the inspiration for day 18, and for the connections this month brings.