Fraying kerchief, or: Nuclear power stations

A Cento-style poem

Fraying kerchief, caked brown with faded woes
Cap left lying on my desk

When she zips her jacket
Engages us all with love
Strings shyly swish-swish
Mine to enjoy finally

There at the bus stop
Nuclear power stations
Rooted but eager
To flavor our lives

Your end is a story like the earth
And, oblivious, it remains unconcerned

d’Verse poetry prompt

At d’Verse, we are encouraged to look at the most recent poems weโ€™ve written, preferably the last twelve poems, and- taking the last lines from each of the poems, rearrange them into a new poem!

This is rather like a ‘Cento’ poem, which is wholly composed of verses or passages taken from other authors, disposed in a new form or order… Except, in this case, we are to use verses from our own poems instead!

My poem is comprised of the last lines from twelve of the last fifteen poems I wrote.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

46 thoughts on “Fraying kerchief, or: Nuclear power stations”

  1. Fascinating! These are fun and your poem brings in the sizzle to the “mundane” (referring to the first stanza – which is a brilliant setup)

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