Poetry: #6 Finding Her Way

In my life books have faces and each one I’m attracted to for different reasons. Some have some advice to give, some take me on an adventure, and others just hold my hand as I learn something new. Since I have quite a large library, I just pulled these books off the shelf and “wrote” the poem as I went.

In this poem the girl is the nameless face sharing her journey.

The girl in the green raincoat
  is finding the open road
  between trapezes
  with pen in hand, the hand in the pen

Writing her way through cancer, and
  potholes, and parachutes
  find her courage, the courage in the find

Leaving a trace
  page after page
  bird by bird
  beyond the words, words of the beyond
  is in the unforgettable photograph

Assignment Day 6: Faces, Found Poetry, Chiasmus
Before we learn how to read words, we learn, intuitively, to read faces. In today’s poem, take a single face or a multitude of them as your point of departure. It doesn’t even have to be a real-life, flesh-and-blood face you’re writing about.

Today’s form: Found poetry

A found poem is composed of words and letters you’ve collected — randomly or not — from other sources, whether printed, handwritten, or digital, and then (re)arranged into something meaningful.

Today’s device: Chiasmus

At its simplest, a chiasmus is essentially a reversal, an inverted crossing (it got its name from the greek letter chi – X). Example: Laid back, with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

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8 Responses to Poetry: #6 Finding Her Way

  1. Wonderful! Now I have to try this with the book bindings. It’s just lovely and says so much

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  2. I think I will do one with book bindings. Very nice!

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  3. Rachel Kassem says:

    You nailed it! 🙂 ps: I love “Bird by Bird”- great book.

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  4. Sonya says:

    Great! I think I’ll go to the library and try this, too 🙂

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  5. Best one I’ve read;) thanks

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  6. Thanks Angie and Sonya!


  7. LouiseH says:

    I could follow the feelings in this poem, very moving. — I looked at some of my book spines and did not have the patience to see a pattern — “bird by bird” — is perhaps the book I have too by Anne Lamott. I especially liked “finding the road between trapezes”: spot on!!

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