For We Write Poems poetry prompt: Cento Poem
Strictures and Structures (a cento poem using Scriptures and Strictures by Mr. Walker)
Is God watching me write this poem?
I don’t know.
Saved space is saved/ between how we
talk and how we write.
So limited we were/ when we were young
and all the old people/ happy with the walls
of their lives/ told us our poetry was no good.
Not bound by faith/ we wrote poems/ with passion.
It was too easy/ and we liked it soft/ like God
and religion and convent walls/ No more
than shadows on the cave wall of the real thing.
So we make the most of the moment
this now/ these words.
I don’t mind because I don’t judge/ I’m happy
within my walls and I’ll let you be happy
within yours/ but sometimes I’ll pray
that God is watching you
read this poem.
Elizabeth Crawford 5/10/11
Mr. Walker’s original poem may be found here:
Notes: I found Mr. Walker’s poem last week and sort of got lost exploring its intricate paths and stream of consciousness voice. There were so many lines to provoke thought and further contemplation, but also the history of most who decide to make writing poetry a part of their lives. It fascinated me for many reasons. So, when I read the WWP prompt for this week, it never occurred to me to go any further than his poem. I did tweak a bit, played around, and added a few of my own words and a bit of punctuation to give credence to the title I chose. The prompt was not just to create a cento poem but to explore where we go when we seek comfort, or an end to stress. That would be poetry for me, whether writing it or reading it. I do have a deep spiritual aspect to my existence and believe that many of my own poems come directly from that space.
*Note: For anyone who is interested, Jinksy and I have started an experiment in collaboration of digital art and poetry. Come take a look and let us know what you think: