The Writing Cooperative and Chalkboard Magnet Poetry Prompt
Ancient origin’s mysteries
Stored deep in marrows of our souls?
I do not understand.
Remembering our past?
No wisdom, no depth.
Winding asphalt streets
Embedded in chains —
We do not understand
Who we truly want to be.
When I read the rules for this poetry prompt I immediately thought of Randy Shingler’s poetry. The rules state the poem should come from 1 to 3 poems and it should have an opposite meaning to the original pieces. Because Randy’s work is always filled with hope, peace, and purpose, I knew I could easily write opposite of it. I wasn’t sure if Randy’s poems would have enough negative words to write a piece that expressed despair, turmoil, and a feeling of being lost. Turns out they did! I didn’t add any of my own words. I only reframed his and added my own punctuation to create this piece.
My thoughts behind the reframing of the words are to express how lost many people are because they have no roots, tradition, or meaning and purpose for their lives, which is tragic and one of the greatest lies of our times.