Day 13 – NanoPoblano – “To Dream And To Teach Them It Stings” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Mother and Poet” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Hello everyone, good to see you all again and I’m very pleased to say I’m still kicking!

Tonight, for Day 13 of NanoPoblano 2018, home of my found poetry marathon, I have decided to tango with none other than Elizabeth Barrett Browning and used her “Mother and Poet” poem as my inspiration.

Since it is quite a long poem spanning about four and a half sides of A4, I will not be posting the full poem below but I will link to it over at Poetry Foundation where you can read the whole thing.

“Mother and Poet” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning at Poetry Foundation

And now, here is my found poem based on the lyrics of the very talented Elizabeth Barrett Browning, thank you for reading and hope you enjoy it.

 

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“To Dream And To Teach Them It Stings” by David Ellis

By the sea in the east and in the west
When you sit, wanting
Great art is agonized here, forever
Art can be good at hurting
Smile at the pain, strong and proud by that test

To feel all by degrees
To dream and to teach them it stings
A thing for need, of liberty, rights

Beautiful eyes of surprise
When at first, kisses of life would triumph
To say something sublime
To be more strong now, not faint

A presence that knew without pause
Affections conceive love and sorrow
Through the face of mother nature
Yet, to what end is it fair no more
When you have your star pricked by the peak of despair
Bear in strength
Bite back the cry of pain in self-scorn such as this
We sit on, forlorn, by the sea in the east and in the west
Both the feast you want
A great song for free

 

Still want more? Then check out other Day 13 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!

13 NOVEMBER: THE TREES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES – Starving Activist

front porch of the living dead – billfriday.com

SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE – THAT CYNKING FEELING

RIP Stan Lee – Dean Kealy Design

MoonWell: Chapter 1 – Echoshadow

IT’S JUST KINDA WEIRD – FEARING CRAZY

Silly Sign – Behind the Willows

Make me laugh. – Julie Burton Blog

boom – the matticus kingdom

#NanoPoblano2018 Day 13 – Vanessence

Schrödinger’s Cat – No Talent For Certainty

Connection Out Of Anything – No Talent For Certainty

The 50th And I: how i got through my horrible, no good, very bad day – The Temenos Journal

RIVER-MADE WOMAN – Rarasaur

Close the Door – 33 Grams of Blog

Annotating not required – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

Diversity Song – loristory

Endings – Mommy Quits

Something Strong – Badges and Battles – Failing at Haiku

Adulting & Puppies – Just A Little Bit Sweet

Random thoughts on a Tuesday afternoon. – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT

What’s Really Under The Clouds? – I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning With A Craving

Ponder – RENEE ROBBINS

Time to Visit – Being You Around Family – Infinity Coaching

THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS – Drunk on Life

Write like that… – Aberrant Crochet (TM)

AQUA VITAE FOR ALL! – SUDDENLY THEY ALL DIED. THE END.

The Drama – Freckled Foolery

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