Contrasting Music Imagery

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

In today’s exercise, Vaughn challenges writers to listen to two contrasting pieces of music and compose a poem that deals with their dissonant nature. This morning, I chose to write a cento – a poem comprised completely of existing lines written by other poets/songwriters. I chose the theme of place rather than sound, and used the ten minute frame for writing, deciding to see what I could accomplish in only a short span of time. And I left it unfinished – because that’s okay. Sometimes, having an idea of using four seasons in lyrics that take us to places we don’t belong, and then come home to where we do belong doesn’t result in the fully executed plan.

I’m okay with that. No one except me knows without my admission that this piece is yet unfinished. Poetry lets me move on anyway – and that is therapeutic!

Contrasting Music Cento

on a warm 
summer’s evening
on a train 
bound for nowhere

there is a house
in New Orleans
they call The Rising Sun
and it’s been the
ruin of many
a poor boy

welcome to the 
Hotel California
you can check out
you can 
never leave

country roads
take me home
to the place
I belong

Made with Padlet

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