30 Day Poetry Challenge: Day 3

Day 3- Find the nearest book (of any kind). Turn to page 8. Use the first ten full words on the page in a poem. You may use them in any order, anywhere in the poem.

The book I picked up is “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. The words: mind, he, began, again, lifting, one, arm, from, the, elbow. Below is my poem.

I began from darkness,

Lifting myself, my mind, my heart,

You never knew the pain.

He never knew the suffering.

I guess I kept it hidden,

Perhaps in my heart, deep down,

Or somewhere as conspicuous as the crook of my elbow.

But now my heart is too heavy – or perhaps my arm just shakes from the weight.

Digging my way out,

And for today, I am free.

Though I may have to begin again tomorrow, and the next day,

I’ll take it one step at a time.


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