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.
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!