Day 28 – NanoPoblano – “My Rose Now My Shadow” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Pull My Daisy” by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady

Hello everyone.

We are now on to Day 28 of NanoPoblano and nearing the end of my found poetry marathon but don’t worry, I will still be working my hardest to entertain and enthrall you all!

I have found an unusual poem to use as my foundation poem tonight, which has resulted in some quite unexpected verse but then this is precisely why I am so fascinated by the found poetry form in the first place, particularly if you are rigid and refuse to re-arrange words and use the words as they come up in the order that they do throughout the poem.

For tonight’s exercise, I have selected “Pull My Daisy” by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady as the inspiration foundation for my poem. There were a couple of different versions of this online but in the end I went with the original because it gave me more freedom of expression and word choices to work with.

I was intrigued by this poem because of its compositional style. It was written in the late 1940’s and was produced in a similar way to the Surrealist “exquisite corpse” game, with one person writes the first line, the other writes the second, and so on sequentially with each person only being shown the line before. I have actually written poetic duets before in a similar fashion (which is probably why I was drawn to this poem) but we wrote alternating whole verses and could see the whole poem taking shape. This is therefore uncharted territory for me and therefore all the more thrilling for doing it.

I have managed to find a video of Allen Ginsberg performing “Pull My Daisy”, which I have shared below.

Also, here are the lyrics to their poem, just in case you want to read them too.

“Pull My Daisy” by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady

Pull my daisy
tip my cup
all my doors are open
Cut my thoughts
for coconuts
all my eggs are broken
Jack my Arden
gate my shades
woe my road is spoken
Silk my garden
rose my days
now my prayers awaken

Bone my shadow
dove my dream
start my halo bleeding
Milk my mind &
make me cream
drink me when you’re ready
Hop my heart on
harp my height
seraphs hold me steady
Hip my angel
hype my light
lay it on the needy

Heal the raindrop
sow the eye
bust my dust again
Woe the worm
work the wise
dig my spade the same
Stop the hoax
what’s the hex
where’s the wake
how’s the hicks
take my golden beam

Rob my locker
lick my rocks
leap my cock in school
Rack my lacks
lark my looks
jump right up my hole
Whore my door
beat my boor
eat my snake of fool
Craze my hair
bare my poor
asshole shorn of wool

say my oops
ope my shell
Bite my naked nut
Roll my bones
ring my bell
call my worm to sup
Pope my parts
pop my pot
raise my daisy up
Poke my papa
pit my plum
let my gap be shut

 

And finally, here is my found poem, thank you for reading and hope you enjoy the quirkiness of it.

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Photo by GuentherDillingen on Pixabay

“My Rose Now My Shadow” by David Ellis

Pull my doors open
Thoughts are broken
Woe is spoken
My rose now my shadow

Start my mind
Make my heart hold me steady
Light lay on raindrop again
The wise stop the what’s, where’s, how’s

Take my golden beat
Bare my shorn shell
Naked bones ring
My parts pop
Raise up, my pit plum be shut

 

Still want more? Then check out other Day 28 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!

28 NOVEMBER: GIVING THANKS – Starving Activist

2018 BOOK RIOT #READHARDER CHALLENGE COMPLETE! – THAT CYNKING FEELING

AM I MAGICIAN? – Dean Kealy Design

Dead Wrong Day 12 – Echoshadow

DAMN SIGNS – FEARING CRAZY

So Busy – Behind the Willows

37 things I learned in 37 years. – Julie Burton Blog

bag man – the matticus kingdom

#NanoPoblano2018 Day 28 – Vanessence

reverberation. – No Talent For Certainty

A 16th: it is solitude – The Temenos Journal

HOME – RARASAUR

Where are the ideas? – 33 Grams of Blog

It had to be done – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

Time for a Day of Rest – Mommy Quits

Day 28 NanoPoblano – Praying – Failing at Haiku

November Birthday – Just A Little Bit Sweet

You get a kick in the ass! And you get a kick in the ass! – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT

Truth – RENEE ROBBINS

CAT RULES 101: RULE 118: TO SCRATCH OR NOT TO SCRATCH – STAFF VACATIONS – Drunk on Life

Graph… – Aberrant Crochet (TM)

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU KIDNAP… – SUDDENLY THEY ALL DIED. THE END.

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7 thoughts on “Day 28 – NanoPoblano – “My Rose Now My Shadow” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Pull My Daisy” by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and comment Robbie. Yes, this one did have an interesting outcome, often I will try to write found poems and find what comes out to be quite unique or unusual and this was definitely in both of those categories. However, I do enjoy playing with language and writing things that I wouldn’t normally write, which is why the form can be a little frustrating when trying to coax a cohesive thread out of a poem but also an enormous amount of fun too when something tangible turns up 🙂

  1. On Monday, 3 December 2018, toofulltowrite (I’ve started so I’ll finish) wrote:

    > TooFullToWrite posted: “Hello everyone. We are now on to Day 28 of > NanoPoblano and nearing the end of my found poetry marathon but don’t > worry, I will still be working my hardest to entertain and enthrall you > all! I have found an unusual poem to use as my foundation poem tonig” >

  2. Well they were quite the threesome for sure and while I can’t say much about Allen’s spoken word style this is a most interesting piece. You are really adding variety to the mix which is great!

    • TY Di, that comment makes me swell with pride! That has been my aim, to add as much diversity to the mix of poems as possible and it so great that you see that too. A lot of the classic poems keep repeating certain lines, words and themes (gold or golden tends to crop up a lot), so it is wonderful to try continuing to experiment with different styles and poetic mediums to come up with unique phrases or emotions within a found poem 🙂

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