National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #23 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 23 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Choose four words, then use them repeatedly throughout a conversation between a mythological figure an an inanimate object.

Excerpt from a conversation between Narcissus and his reflection

How do these, mine eyes, ensnare me
yet fail to obtain the object of my desire?

‘Those, thine eyes, fail to ensnare
because you desire objects’

Should not the objects I desire
be ensnared without fail?

‘What you fail to understand
is that desire ensnared will object’

I object! If desire does not assent to ensnarement
that is not my failing

‘You may indeed object to this outcome
but your desire will only ensnare you in failure’

(23 April 2019)


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