It’s the eighteenth day of GloPoWriMo and today’s prompt was to find a poem in a book or magazine (ideally one you are not familiar with). Use a piece of paper to cover over everything but the last line. Now write a line of your own that completes the thought of that single line you can see, or otherwise responds to it. Now move your piece of paper up to uncover the second-to-last line of your source poem, and write the second line of your new poem to complete/respond to this second-to-last line. Keep going, uncovering and writing, until you get to the first line of your source poem, which you will complete/respond to as the last line of your new poem. It might not be a finished draft, but hopefully it at least contains the seeds of one.
I have written a poem inspired Claudia McKay’s After the Winter. I’m surprisingly happy with it so I really hope you enjoy it.
We will live forever green
In the gentle summer breeze
We will sit and wait for it
So we can stay for always
Honeyed flowers will trail the wall
Dew drops resting on the leaves
White flowers will merge with the clouds
We sit and watch the sun sink
In our paradise we will float
And forget what we have left behind
Lying in each other’s arms
Birdsong will keep our hearts warm
We will close our eyes
And we will see the leaves again