Today is the third day of GloPoWriMo. Last night I went to the Flow Chart Foundation’s close reading of Cesar Vallejo’s XXXVI and it was really thought-provoking. It wasn’t a poem I have read before and there are so many meanings hidden in it’s lines I’m sure it’s one I’ll come back to again. You can read the original poem here and an English translation here. The reading was part of a series, and if you’re interested in attending future sessions, you can find details on Eventbrite.
For my own poem, today’s prompt was to write a poem using words from a Personal Universal Deck as inspiration. This wasn’t something I was familiar with before, but I do use Tarot and affirmation cards, so creating my own deck was an interesting experience.
This is my poem, inspired by the words “rose”, “warmth”, “red” and “black”. I hope you enjoy it.
My rose tree is dormant.
Withered into black twigs,
as it’s not warm enough to wake up,
The warm spring rays
push against the window
trying to rouse you
and unleash your velvet red,
but she stays dormant
as she knows winter isn’t quite done
and to bloom too early,
to prematurely rise from her sleep
would be to surrender entirely
to the last frost.
You can read all of my 2021 GloPoWriMo poems here.
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