NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 4 – “Before The Air Was Rust” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Tulips” by Sylvia Plath

Hello again friends…and fiends…and friendly fiends!

Here we are at Day 4 of NaPoWriMo / National Poetry Writing Month.

The official prompt over at NaPoWriMo HQ is to write some simple lines invoking sadness.

Here is the prompt itself if you too wish to play along and link your poem in their comments section over at their website.

NaPoWriMo.net – Day 4 prompt

Tonight, I have decided to use Sylvia Plath’s “Tulips” as my inspiration for writing my found poem and you can read the lyrics to it over here:-

“Tulips” by Sylvia Plath over at Poetry Foundation

And now here is my found poem, I hope that it moves you as much as it did to me writing it.

Abandoned farm, Winnipeg, Canada

Image by Cendrine Marrouat at Cendrine Marrouat Photography

“Before The Air Was Rust” by David Ellis

Is peacefulness lying by myself
As light lies on my name
Shut in
No trouble
The way it is impossible to tell
How my body is to them as water, run over
Numbness
Lost myself overnight
Smiling out of skin
Stubbornly hanging on to loving, scared and bare, so pure
I only wanted to be free
Nothing is what I imagine in the first place
The gift I breathe
Corresponds with their tongues and their light
I see myself, vivid
Before the air was rust
They concentrate my attention
Warming themselves like animals
Opening the mouth of my heart
It closes out of love I taste
From a country far away

3 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 4 – “Before The Air Was Rust” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Tulips” by Sylvia Plath

    • TY Namy, I never know what kind of vibe I am going to get from a found poem until it is written, since I am dictated to by the order of the words available. When it does come out like that, it is quite incredible and I have to graciously accept the results, especially if it creates something that I would not normally write myself if I was free writing! I appreciate your comment and you taking the time to read my poem too 🙂

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