Poets and Writers magazine tweeted that I should flip through a dictionary and randomly choose ten words. Then write a poem using one word in every other line. Here’s what I came up with. My ten words are in red.
I’m trying a new thing.
I started out with this observation on my way to work.
Dirt blackened snow
A scenic drive
Ugh, not so great, but a bit comical.
She sits with the matchmaker
Hope springing wild and eternal
She dreams of paradise, but lives in desire ghetto
Will it ever after be?
Doubts smudge and darken the windows
Wishes sift through her fingers
Into a barrel shot full of holes
Staring into damp darkness
She swishes the brackish water
Peering to see what rises
Up wiggles earthworms
Their distressing stillness in her hand
She drops clods of dirt into a bucket
Releases the worm bundle
To tunnel it’s way
To unrecognized dirt lands
While the sun sets
Like a yolk spilling out of it’s shell