A ‘Cento’ poem
- Kaddish by Leon Wieseltier, 2000 (p. 18) [in italics]
- Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander, 2019 (p. 18) [in bold]
Sabbath arrives- committed disbelief in worship, mikvah-dipping, synagogue- attending, my spiritual purpose part in parcel with transliteration of the prayer; the very same things in the very same way- the customs that would end with the moment, a juncture, evening, morning, and afternoon flecks of gray words and like-minded, kosher brothers, tribespeople, the unblind... a different kind of faith.
d’Verse poetry prompt: Patchworking some prose
This ‘cento’ was written for yesterday’s d’Verse poetry prompt, which was as follows:
- Choose TWO books of prose
- Pick ONE page from each
- Extract SHORT LINES from each page*
- ALTERNATE them to make a poem
- Use italics and plain font to differentiate the text sources
- Use one of the source lines or a combination as TITLE
Stick to these guidelines:
- DO NOT ADD ANYTHING of your own to the lines
- You may use enjambment
- You could split the poem into stanzas
- CITE YOUR SOURCES with author, book title and page number
*short lines mean you are not taking too much from the source in plagiarism
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30 thoughts on “Kaddish, or: Kaddish.com”
I really like how you combined the two sources…
🖤🙏🏻 Björn 🙏🏻🖤 ~ thank you!
Oh i like this, expect one from me sometime in tge future 😁
🖤🙏🏻 Matt 🙏🏻🖤 ~ looking forward to reading yours
This is an interesting style.
💛🙏🏻 Molly 🙏🏻💛
Excellent David and what an interesting style!
💚🙏🏻 Karima 🙏🏻💚
Beautifully merged (and emerged as well) (K)
🖤🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻🖤 ~ thank you!
Seamless. Were it not for the bolded words this could be mistaken as being from one source…
❤ 🙂 Muri ❤ 🙂 ~ thanks!
I like the movement in this poem, very fluid! I didn’t understand much but this tells me you’re a very traditional man, David! A nice trait, I think.
Yes, M Jay, I do like tradition… but not for traditional reasons 🙃
Yes, me too, my friend. I couldn’t have put it more accurately, I’ll remember this line!
Beautifully melded, David! ❤️
🧡🙏🏻 Punam 🙏🏻🧡
Very interesting and impressively done!
💟 🙏🏻 Irene 🙏🏻 💟 ~ thank you!
Shabbat Shalom, David!
😻 you too, Dolly❣️
love your poem from poems David! Well done!❣️
💞🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻💞 ~ thanks!
You’re so welcome David! 💗
such a tight melding David – enjoyed all the re-reads!
💝🙏🏻 Laura 🙏🏻💝 ~ thanks for the prompt!