The idea for this poem originated from a blog post written by The Taler called Found Poems. In it the author explains how one can take an excerpt from a written passage and create something different, for instance a poem. In my piece I’ve chosen words from Dennis O’Driscoll’s No Thanks and Frank Horne’s Walk. Mixing phrases around like a bag of scrabble letters, I’ve managed to come up with a somewhat different context, which I must say was fun!
Franks Horne’s poem Walk may be a challenge to find online, but I was in love from the first stanza:
I am trying
to learn to walk again…
all tensed and trembling
I try so hard, so hard…
O’Driscoll’s No Thanks became my mantra years ago, and I chuckle at this poem every time I read it. You should read it, too.
Your Turn: Take a passage and ‘remix’ it. Feel free to share under comments or via a post. And if you want to up the ante, take several passages and see what you can mash-up.