30 Poems in 30 Days

30 Poems in 30 Days
A Project for National Poetry Writing Month

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 25 Cento

Trying to Write a Love Poem

I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled.
What else was I supposed to start with?

All bright light and black wings,
the paper slept but the night woke me up

and now over death-struck Paris
the shrine lies open to the sky.

I was filigree and flame.

Love! That red disease
deals -- one -- imperial -- thunderbolt

Why is the word yes so brief?

But I was made for this: listening:


Sources: Adrienne Rich, Paisley Rekdal, Dorianne Laux, Fanny Howe, Anna Akhmatova, H.D., Rita Dove, Anne Sexton, Emily Dickinson, Vera Pavlova, Jean Valentine