365 Days of Writing – Day 83

Those of you who have been following this blog will recall the Whiskey and Poetry gathering I attended a few weeks ago. I told you that we created a poem by passing around a paper folded so that each person could only see the line immediately prior to theirs.

I promised to post the end results – here it is!

Exquisite Corpse –

I am one swallow in a mouthful of birds
one swallow does not a summer make
once upon a dime
In the eye-blink of a lime

Beginning at the lime noon, ending at limeset
Like wishes unfulfilled shadows rose
As smoke from a stack on a cold winter’s night

billows into the dark
deeper and farther away into nothingness
Away into the someplace of nothingness

On a ship made of stroodle [sic]
The dogs howled in the moonlight
after a few hours the moon ran off
Keeping the frozen tears from falling
Keeping my cold heart from feeling

I warm my spirit with the spirit of Scotland
Smokey peat, smelly feet, seaweed and full of life
The sun on high, my heart awry from when you turned to dust
And so you must, you must have known how much it would burn
burn throughout the night, the flames rising into the cold, dark sky
Flickering, smoking, warming, sending clouds of smoke and ash up high

And yet the the germinating barley resists – why, why? Not the smokes
in my blue, blue jeans, I wear them every other day, there is no
cruelty left in them, nor real kindness. Such drapery is endlessly transparent
How many more times?
The voice echoes in the candlelight
Thinking leaves me short of breath
Especially when I think about you
You are the one topic that makes my eyes shine

February 21, 2013

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