Poetry Remix Exercise Circa 2009

ImageBelow you will find the first poetry exercise I did at university. Embarrassing, yes. But it is also proof that I’ve moved on – grown a lot as a writer. We were instructed to take our favorite book (I was 18, I didn’t really have a great reader record at this point) and pull lines to build a poem. At the time I was reading a collection of poetry called ‘Paint Me Like I Am’ – a compilation of work by inner-city high school students. I was also reading The Woman In the Dunes by Kobo Abe for my Buddhism and Literature class (Awesome course!).

How She Bleeds

The desert is full of women,

Women go to bleed tints of roses and smoke

Growing like pine trees, such graceful execution

Fingers stink like melted gold,

Words translating in their hands

Arms twisting with bone and ropy muscle

Primal screams, “The war is real”

Unforgiving life, such innumerable causalities.

The woodcutter’s daughter

Hearts of hammers, diamonds of the night

Sorrow strung from their faces

Creaking crutches and dead souls

The right to live

A symphony of lively spirits

Swirling tide pools in a sunken sea

The friendliest god, but this is not your city

The seams of your coat

Beige pantsuit, constant vigil

Roots down to the deepest places in your heart

Paint me like I am

What you are shrieks so loudly

I cannot hear what you say

Just paint me like I am

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