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 we’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”
The whimsy we love undone in the sinister, but can we see it. Death lurks in the face of love. Great read David.
🤍 thanks so much, Paul 🤍
So amazing how this works, and I love how your poem speaks, just wonderul.
🖤🙏🏻 Paul 🙏🏻🖤 ~ thanks so much
That ending is especially potent. (K)
💕🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻💕
The chosen lines melded beautifully, David, and that last stanza was startling in its denouement. ❤️
💗🙏🏻 Punam 🙏🏻💗
Beautifully done David ✔ 👏
💛 Abi 💛 ~ thank you!
Nicely done David
🤎🙏🏻 Sadje 🙏🏻🤎
OMG your lines melded together so artfully.
💛🙏🏻 Gillena 🙏🏻💛
Fascinating! These are fun and your poem brings in the sizzle to the “mundane” (referring to the first stanza – which is a brilliant setup)
🧡🙏🏻 Margaret 🙏🏻🧡 ~ thanks
This worked really well, David! I like how you make nuclear power the flavoring of our life!:>)
💜🙏🏻 Dwight 🙏🏻💜
Enjoyed the poetic patchwork, and those last lines, stick! 💗
💙🙏🏻 Tricia 🙏🏻💙