National Poetry Writing Month: Day #8 (April 8, 2014)

Today’s prompt: was to re-write a famous poem, ‘giving it our own spin.’ Not being particularly familiar with ‘famous’ poetry—I rarely read poetry, actually—I gravitated towards song lyrics, selecting David Sylvian’s lyrics to the song ‘Ghosts’, from Japan’s Tin Drum album. But then I decided that I really couldn’t do that to David Sylvian, so I looked for a few other prompts. I went with one of LitBridge’s Creative Writing Prompts for Poetry—number nine, to be specific:

Find an unpublished poem that you haven’t looked at in years. Randomly choose three lines from the poem. Write a completely different [poem] using those lines.

My poems tend to either be really short, have really short lines, or both, so I went through and picked several lines from several different poems.

The lines I chose:

I fell thousands of miles
(October 1990)

The floor is moving beneath my feet
(September 1992)

a single splash of orange paint
(February 1992)

lightweight and wholly uncertain
(September 19910

The lonely hunter settles for a shot in the dark
(April 1988)

the time has slipped again
(May 1987)

The hunger of angels knows no bounds
(April 1988)

The result:

I fell thousands of miles
to get to where I am now
My life’s longest journey

The floor moves beneath my feet
as the world continues to turn
I’ve no choice but to follow

Now time has slipped again
so I stumble through each day
never knowing what’s next

A single splash of orange paint
suddenly catches my eye
and my thoughts are snapped back

Lightweight and wholly uncertain
the lonely hunter settles
for a shot in the dark

The hunger of angels knows no bounds

(8 April 2014)

 

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