Tuesday, May 13, 2008


[Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect gave us a six-word poem prompt for this week's Monday Poetry Stretch. See her post here for a full description. Basically we had 6 words we had to use. I can't wait to check back there later this week to see what others came up with because the words could lead so many directions. The words are hole, friend, candle, ocean, snake and either bucket or scarecrow.]


Do you mean to stay there,
oh friend of mine,
a barricade across
my path into the world?

You might as well intend to empty
the ocean, using only a bucket with
a hole in it. A Sisyphean task, that.

Stop being a snake; stand
upright. Light your candle
from mine and pass it on.

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