dispersing & reflecting light through poetry

NaPoWriMo Day 14

Day 14 [9:30-10:45]
So I didn’t use the other prompt previously begun, but now abandoned. I found another.

Choose 4-5 books about varying things–a collection or two of poetry, an autobiography, a book about stones, a novel. Pick up a book, randomly open to a page, glance down. The phrase your eyes catch: write it down. Pick up another book and repeat the process 10 times. Then, see what you have and revise it into a poem.

Here are the phrases I chose:

He wore a tiny silver cross on his left breast pocket…   (A Noble Paradise, James Crawford)

Enoch’s heart was beating violently. (The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor)

Instantly the spirit of hell awoke in me and raged. (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson)

“He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” (John 9:15b, ESV)

Now the spirit of the enemy’s soldiers will be keenest when they have newly arrived on the scene… (The Art of War, Sun Tzu)

As It Is Written
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints” (Jude 1:14 KJV)

His heart beat violently
wearing out his breast,
blinded by fear
of the enemy soldiers
keen on destruction.
Instantly, the Spirit awoke in him,
and raged,
“Cover your eyes with mud,
and see.”
So he put mud on his eyes and washed.

I have arrived on the scene.”

Copyright © 2016 Scott Daniel Massey


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