The Process

“Before it flutters into my mouth”
It first needs to be daydreamed,
Then spend some time in germination
Followed by out loud incantation.

It first needs to be daydreamed –
Lyrical verses that unpack emotions
Followed by soft, precise incantation,
Rehearsed, so it helps shape the story.

Lyrical verses that unpack emotions
Of courtship, of love, and of betrayal
Rehearsed so it helps tell the fiction
Borrowed from others and made plausible.

Story of love, and of betrayal
Before it flutters into my mouth,
Carefully crafted without logical holes and
Followed by flawless incantation.

Note: Day 25 of NaPoWriMo 2016.  Today’s prompt is “to write a poem that begins with a line from a another poem (not necessarily the first one), but then goes elsewhere with it.  I have been doing this exercise prior to the start of the month and I even have few poems written up.  But, to post those would be bit of a cheating.  So instead, I found a line that I liked from Billy Collins’ The First Line of a Poem (happens to be the first line), and wrote this pantoum.

Those Lies and Half-Truths

Found Pantoum

 

Stories that fired my imagination

Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations

Glitter in the sun like a revelation

Weaving a splendid mirage in this desolation.

 

Glowing in my dreams, like hallucinations

Tales that we tell to convince us and them  –

Weaving a splendid mirage in this desolation,

Those lies and half-truths from depths we plum.

 

Tales that we tell to convince everyone:

Of goddesses of Light, of Sea and Sky and Land

Those lies and half-truths from depths we spun

About goddesses of mystery, so delicate and grand.

 

Of goddesses of Light, of Sea and Sky and Land

Are stories that fire our imagination

Those goddesses of mystery, so delicate and grand,

Weave a splendid ‘Mirage’ in this desolation.

 

Notes: Found pantoum using song lyrics, including some original lines and edits.

 

Sources:

Seven Cities of Gold, Rush

Clockwork Angels, Rush