NaPoWriMo📚 30/04/22 Day 30.

#NaPoWriMo

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And now – our final (but still optional!) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems. If you’d like to dig into an in-depth example, here’s John Ashbery’s cento “The Dong with the Luminous Nose,” and here it is again, fully annotated to show where every line originated. A cento might seem like a complex undertaking – and one that requires you to have umpteen poetry books at your fingertips for reference – but you don’t have to write a long one. And a good way to jump-start the process is to find an online curation of poems about a particular topic (or in a particular style), and then mine the poems for good lines to string together. You might look at the Poetry Foundation’s collection of love poems, or its collection of poems by British romantic poets, or even its surprisingly expansive collection of poems about (American) football. Happy Writing! – Maureen Thorson

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Writing a cento sounded like hard work but I have to say, I rather enjoyed trying to stitch the patchwork (cento) together. I have stayed with the prompts all the way through, so today has not been an exception. ❤🙂❤

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Cento - WILD NGHTS

Barefoot, she stood, in shock of that
returning.
What through green leaves only witness
such pact as is made once only?
Wild nights...wild nights!


Cold in the earth - fifteen wild Decembers.
A mute remembrance of crime.
Wild nights...wild nights!


Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise.
It was not death for I stood up, and all the dead lie down.
Wild nights...wild nights!

The sweeping up the heart and putting love away.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave.
Wild nights...wild nights!

Couched daylong, in cloisters of nettle
My hours are married to shadow.
Wild nights...wild nights!

But sorrow withers even the strong
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears
Wild nights...wild nights!

©🦊VixenOfVerse, 2022.

*❤❤I have used the poetry of Emily Brontë, Emily Dickenson, Maya Angelou and Sylvia Plath.❤❤*

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