the swell and crest of grief
rides through canyons of remorse and regret
made barren by pride and self righteous anger
I push the barrow laden with guilt and shame
towards the glittering glass city
refleceted light searing my sorrow
Here are the words and my poem for the fourteenth week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge.
When I look at my finished poems it often looks like I had the whole thing planned. I can see their beauty and how it all fits neatly together. It feels like it was already mapped out in my mind and all I had to do was put pen to paper. There's no sign of my wrestling with recalcitrant words or pinning ideas like butterflies on to the page. Sometimes poems come and flow from my brain and leap on to the page. Mostly though I have a couple of attempts at writing from the week's words. Delete phrases, ideas and whole poems then start over until I get something I'm happy to share.
If you want to join the 2019 Poetry Challenge, head on over to my Instagram account (@indraniperera) where I post the words for the week on Mondays (mostly) in my story. Write a poem and post it. Be sure to tag me and use the hashtags #2019poetrychallenge and #livepoetsclub. If you're not on Instagram, post your finished poem in the comments below so we can all read your masterpiece.
If you don't want to write a poem, you can still be part of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Send me five random words and I'll write a poem with them. Either DM me on Instagram with the words or put them in the comments box below.