Love Is On The Bus


I missed the poetry bus last week – I apparently only had the one poem in me. This week's prompt was the perfect antidote to writer's block - & in fact I may use it again if I run into problems again. The driver is Bill from Usually Confined. Go to his blog to find the other riders. Here is the prompt he gave us:


1: Think of (or find) a sentence.

2: Delete the second half of it.

3: Think of as many different ways of finishing it as you can.

4: Now, delete the first part of the sentence, leaving only a collection of "second halves".

5: Play with these and concoct a poem out of them. You'll probably want to mess about with the grammar, leave bits out, put bits in, etc. Feel free.


For the rained upon bride
and the boneless dog
a newly freed oil well
and the mother of a soldier
For a fighter who is dying
and a sleep disturbed old man
that threatened racist
and a lonely heart

Love is the answer
Love that puts the whole world
In the palm of its hand
is the answer

Love is
the only answer


Can anyone guess what sentence I used? I'll post the answer this weekend.

Comments

  1. Neat-o poem. Can't gues the sentence though.

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  2. No idea, but I like the result very much.

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  3. Lovely poem, and what a great promt. I may have to use that one in the future...

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  4. Wow - as an English teacher, this will work great next fall during our poetry unit.

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  5. Just call me "Clueless in Carlos Paz". Hint?! Pretty please! :-)

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  6. Very touching this is the line the stands out for me:

    Love that puts the whole world
    In the palm of its hand

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  7. I guess the first part of the sentence is either "Don't forget to buy the fothcoming Poetry Bus magazine..." or !George Bush did nothing..."

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  8. What is there left? that's my guess.... can't wait to see if I'm right...
    Nice result anyway

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  9. Well, I'm going "What hope is there? or "What comfort is there?".
    Loved the series of images and the beautiful truth of this poem.

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  10. really nice sentiment in this and love the imagery of the dog.. also have no idea what sentence you used though :-)

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  11. Your list of those who need love is touching and oh! that boneless dog! Brilliant!
    I'm clueless about your sentence and I'm into immediate gratification. Tell us, please!

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  12. I've got a bone to pick with you...just a joke there.

    Very uplifting at the end. I can't imagine what you started with.

    Kat

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  13. I posted the answer yesterday - but in case folks check back here - the sentence I used was, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

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  14. I just love this poem - don't know what the sentence was but it has led you to a fantastic result. Hope you will visit my blog as I am driving the bus next Monday and have already posted the challenge.

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  15. Intresting! I'd never have guessed the sentence in a million years. It's funny how hard it is to guess sometimes when you try doing this.

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  16. great poem - having read the original sentence it's really interesting to see wher eyou took it, i particularly liked "the rained upon bride" - very striking

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  17. Absolutely! Thanks for this, Ms. Bug.

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