#NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Thirty

They fell like the leaves
hours that float idly down
Nothing gold can stay

NaPoWriMo Prompt And now – our final (but still optional!) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems. If you’d like to dig into an in-depth example, here’s John Ashbery’s cento “The Dong with the Luminous Nose,” and here it is again, fully annotated to show where every line originated. A cento might seem like a complex undertaking – and one that requires you to have umpteen poetry books at your fingertips for reference – but you don’t have to write a long one. And a good way to jump-start the process is to find an online curation of poems about a particular topic (or in a particular style), and then mine the poems for good lines to string together. You might look at the Poetry Foundation’s collection of love poems, or its collection of poems by British romantic poets, or even its surprisingly expansive collection of poems about (American) football.

Good afternoon and welcome to the final day, day thirty of napowrimo where I write a cento haiku. I do like short poetry forms and this morning, nothing gold can stay popped into my head. When I realized it was 5 syllables I thought maybe I could write a cento haiku.

Falling Leaves and Early Snow – Kenneth Rexroth
Blizzard – William Carlos Williams
Nothing Gold Can Stay – Robert Frost

Anyone who has been reading my month long contributions knows I tried my hand at a cento on day twenty-two: Kisses. I’m not sure it reads as a whole very well. But Gretchen had to write a cento for one of her classes and I thought I’d give it a go. Maybe this small poem connects better. Let me know. And thanks for joining me on the wild ride that is April.


NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-Two

Kisses – Cento

O kiss me now; the end is near
I have only kissed the shadow
and kisses are a better fate
A touch, a groan, a kiss
I melt beneath thy storm of kisses

He did not kiss me when he said /good-bye;
Ay, with a kiss this life destroy!
Bent down and kissed the sleeping /Night
And to my heart with clinging kisses
I taste your kiss

  1. The First and Last Ameen Rihani
  2. In the Meadow Ameen Rihani
  3. since feeling is first e.e. cummings
  4. O, Sweet Sometime Ameen Rihani
  5. Dissolution Ameen Rihani
  6. Her First Sorrow Ameen Rihani
  7. The First and Last Ameen Rihani
  8. Dawn Paul Laurence Dunbar
  9. O, Give Me Strength to Take Ameen Rihani
  10. The Kiss Shawn Hosking

NaPoWriMo Prompt And now for our prompt (optional, as always). In honor of today’s being the 22nd day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2022, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, or an image, or any combination of things.

Good afternoon and welcome to day twenty-two of Napowrimo where I got the idea to patch poems together after yesterday’s jaunt down the rabbit hole. I need to burn my journals, but I came across a couple gems. One was a poem Shawn wrote me back in the early days. The first line was “I taste your kiss”. I decided kiss is a good word to repeat. Gretchen told me she has to write a cento for one of her classes. Apparently hers has to be 25 lines; good grief that is a long found poem. I figured ten lines is long enough for me. I searched kiss on poets.org and wrote down lines with kiss in them, and then played with their arrangement. I think this poem reads coherently and holds its own. Centos are tricky when you want to make a combination of parts into something new and whole. I hope you enjoyed my contribution today.