Each Wednesday I will post a list of words pulled from favorite poetic works of other poets. I will then use my compilation of words in order to write an original poem all my own. You are always welcome to join me in my challenge and write your own poem. If you do so, leave a link so I can read and comment your work!
My word list for this week was taken from the poem Difference by Mark Doty, as it appeared in the 1994 edition of Best American Poetry:
And my resulting poem:
Beating on the Vault
Undulant as an adams apple,
His words were a cough
Caught in the throat.
I disguised my fear with
Acceptance, began to listen with
The dead half of my heart.
I listened, too, to the promises,
Letters that blended into the
Background of my mind,
A sort of parasol against
The gray rain of lonely mornings
At the back door, black coffee.
Sweet midnight nothings
Sweated my brow, moistened my
Skin like the slick lick of chiffon
And then it was born:
A niggling feeling that permeated
My pores like ectoplasm
In multiplication. His ideas became
A shape-shifting breed to
Bind me to some make-believe.
Stupid girl, stupid dream,
It was all transparency,
Ballet-shaped silhouettes, an
Escape space where we could
Pirouette between the real meaning,
A balloon of prefabrication that
Someone had to bust with
Cupids arrow sooner or later.
Hateful rain, the world is a liar,
His heart a lair for displaced
Beginnings that never really began.
And who is he but a piece
Of prize litter, debrees unfettered,An alien thing to me.