Rooted, grounded in
One Spirit medicine
we devise that thing called You.
Revelations of Divine love
tear down all that has been,
becomes a brain maker
in the Holy Wild,
the secret place
where we all
as a circle of friends
travel a well-worn path
into the unknown,
arm in arm.
we journey on.
Prompt from NaPoWriMo: A few days past.
“And now for our (optional) prompt! I know yesterday’s was a hard one for many of you, although I also was also very touched by the vulnerability and bravery displayed in your poems! But today’s prompt should be a little bit less emotionally involving — a nice chaser for yesterday. Today’s prompt comes to us from Lillian Hallberg. She challenges us to write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. Some fun images of book spine poems can be found here. If you want to take things a step further, Lillian suggests gathering a list of titles from your shelves (every third or fifth book, perhaps, if you have a lot) and using the titles, as close to the originals as possible, to create a poem that is seeded throughout with your own lines, interjections, and thoughts. Happy writing!”
I always like this challenge. It sometimes works swimmingly. Others, it just flops.
This one flowed together nicely. I used my Kindle and chose every fifth book under “Most Recently Read.” If it fell on a book of poetry that was simply an author’s name, I skipped it.
You can see what I’ve been reading on my Kindle, minus paper books and poetry of which are many.
Grounded by Diana Butler Bass
One Spirit Medicine by Alberto Villodo
That Thing Called You by Ernest Holmes
Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
Brain Maker by David Perlmutter
The Holy Wild by Mark Buchanan
The Secret Place by Tana French
A Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy