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Day 22 NaPoWriMo - reimagining Dickinson #352 - Happy Earth Day!

Some serious fun today with NaPoWriMo's prompt:

"Find an Emily Dickinson poem – preferably one you’ve never previously read – and take out all the dashes and line breaks. Make it just one big block of prose. Now, rebreak the lines. Add words where you want. Take out some words. Make your own poem out of it!"

First I flipped through Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson ed. Thomas H. Johnson for an hour. Then started playing with #352. So much fun.

Here's mine:


Perhaps I asked too large,

I take no less than mountains.

More wilderness than lifetimes.


Like an ant gazing at tire tracks

on the horizon, my mandibles

dangle grass, to move the peaks

one blade at a time.


Here's Emily's:


Perhaps I asked too large –

I take – no less than skies –

For Earths, grow thick as

Berries, in my native town –


My Basket holds – just – Firmaments –

Those – dangle easy – on my arm,

But smaller bundles – Cram.

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