NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 19 – “The Weathered Dream” – A Found Poem Inspired by “The Instruction Manual” by John Ashbery

Hey there all you lovely people.

Welcome to my Day 19 entry of National Poetry Writing Month.

The prompt over at NaPoWriMo HQ for Day 19 itself was to write an abecedarian poem. I’ve actually done this kind of thing multiple times before, so as a throwback bonus poem treat then why not check out an abecedarian poem that I wrote I while back.

Poem / Poetry – “Abstract Acrostalyptica” (One of Three NaPoWriMo 2015 Acrostic Poems)

As for today, the inspiration for my found poem was inspired by the first day of NaPoWriMo where they featured a poem written by the phenomenal John Ashbery called “The Instruction Manual”. You can find the lyrics to it here:-

“The Instruction Manual” by John Ashbery over at Poetry Foundation

And now here is my found poem, thank you for reading and hope you enjoy it.


Santorini, Greece

Image by Cendrine Marrouat at Cendrine Marrouat Photography


“The Weathered Dream” by David Ellis


Wish to write with inner peace

Worry about getting out

Begin to dream

Of flowers wanted most

Elaborate, attractive shades

Where a mood is deep

And carries the crowd

To see little things silenter than the rest

Notice laughing with deepening of reason

From friends, to hear what they are saying

Sincere eyes show sunny welcomes

From a good place against fierce sky

We have reached rich houses and homes

Where there is still

Love, music, drinks and more

That freshens the weathered dream

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