“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”
And I stand above,
Yet still a part of the whole of this piece,
This fragment of a universal space
Does it flow up or down
These thoughts that forever run,
As if trying to catch a Monarch on a lilac
As it flits from here to there
And knowing the score,
The fragility of the conquest we hold back from doing
That which could, would cause harm
And in becoming for a moment that entity,
We soar free to places,
Landing lightly in a second upon that which we seek.
A peaceful place,
Or crushing sound as water smashes and smooths
The mighty rocks far below
We stand above it so small
So weak in comparison
To natures strength,
Our only power is in destroying
Yet it is that strength that is needed to refrain.
We hold in our hands all of the answers we seek
Yet like sand we let them fall in the wind
Scattered because we fear to hold tight,
To become so much more
Than mere words could ever say.
Image was taken at Watkins Glen NY on a trip a few years back, the first two lines above are from Walden by Henry D. Thoreau….one of my favorite books of all time.
And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that begins with a line from a another poem (not necessarily the first one), but then goes elsewhere with it. This will work best if you just start with a line of poetry you remember, but without looking up the whole original poem. (Or, find a poem that you haven’t read before and then use a line that interests you). The idea is for the original to furnish a sort of backdrop for your work, but without influencing you so much that you feel stuck just rewriting the original!. For example, you could begin, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” or “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,” or “I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster,” or “they persevere in swimming where they like.” Really, any poem will do to provide your starter line – just so long as it gives you the scope to explore. Happy writing!