Thursday, December 12, 2013


Poets on the Page December mini-challenge. Day 4
We are to write a poem that is a collage made up from other poems, a poetry form called a Cento. It can be made from lines from other poets' works.

"Either write some brand new lines of your own to weave among the other [poets'] lines or take lines you’ve written in your own poetry."

Mine is a collage from poems I've written this week, woven with new lines.



Stand up
And if you can’t
Rise tall
Step forward
Or feint sideways
Dig into the earth
With one elbow
Then the other
Drag yourself an inch or two ahead
Like the downed soldier you are
Whatever it takes
You know you are enough

Watch for the return of life
not as you once knew it
but new and good
and worth the effort
Baby steps
Or inch-by-inch
It’s all forward,


  1. Oh I love this! It really is the best of your other poems brought together and made even better! My favorite lines run from 'dig into the earth' all the way to the line about the 'downed soldier'. I love that image and how you laid out that belly-down struggle. Loved it...every bit of it!

    1. Thanks, Anna. It's my favorite of the week, too. xoA