Poetic Form: The Cento
Weather You or Me
Dark, moist months I spent
Sliding my way along balance beams
You were made of white lace
Gazing in a fancy store-front window
Blowing in a moist, early evening breeze
An avalanche of colors
Took over my life
I stood in windblown heather
To wrap you in a filament of words, and doing this
Each wiggle tangling me further
Exploded the night into existence
Our souls collide
You are like a mist flowing through me
I tremble in the darkness
The dreadful sweet song
Sweet grass softly moaning in my arms
I pull the scent of you deep into my lungs
You love that I was acting like an animal
And hold my fragrance in your hand
Wanting me in a horizontal way
Feel my skin, smell and taste a part of my heart
Salty sweat covers my body, it is yours, mine, ours
I taste colors spilling out of fractals from my sweaty hands
Staring out into a vast Irish space
Looking through the kaleidoscope
Scanning the horizon for collections
Of euphoric joy and anguished grief
Erosion takes place within my bones
In my dreams marked dead on a tree
I was dreaming of the darkness
Sweet agony this, too long
I was an amusement park
I mirror your reflection now
In my morning coffee
When thoughts of returning home
Slowly drift and creep
Hoping to see a familiar face
A cento is a poem made up of lines from other poet's poems. I asked a few Hubbers and one other poet if they would mind if I used lines from their poems. They agreed, and so the poem was made possible. A word in each line of my cento links back to their original work, and the contributing poets are shown at right.
I found this form very challenging. It is an attempt to unify fragments of disparate styles and points of view into a coherent whole. I did my best to do right by these fine poets. I give my thanks to them for making this poem possible and for providing such reading pleasure as I hunted for lines.
Thanks again to the poets.
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