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