#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day Eighteen

Can die as others do.

Who wants to live forever

Not the lark, not you,

No one can outrun time

No thing that ever flew,

Flew faster than light

Go down, one feather.

As doubt creeps in

Bird and wing together

Will this verse make any sense

Time cannot break the bird’s wing from the bird.

But time turns everything to dust

 

To a Young Poet
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892 – 1950
Time cannot break the bird’s wing from the bird.
Bird and wing together
Go down, one feather.

No thing that ever flew,
Not the lark, not you,
Can die as others do.

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Our prompt for the day (optional as always) isn’t exactly based in revision, but it’s not exactly not based in revision, either. It also sounds a bit more complicated than it is, so bear with me! First, find a poem in a book or magazine (ideally one you are not familiar with). Use a piece of paper to cover over everything but the last line. Now write a line of your own that completes the thought of that single line you can see, or otherwise responds to it. Now move your piece of paper up to uncover the second-to-last line of your source poem, and write the second line of your new poem to complete/respond to this second-to-last line. Keep going, uncovering and writing, until you get to the first line of your source poem, which you will complete/respond to as the last line of your new poem. It might not be a finished draft, but hopefully it at least contains the seeds of one.

Good Afternoon and welcome to day eighteen of #NaPoWriMo.  So I was intrigued by the title of this poem by Ms. Millay. I don’t know if I’d be considered a young poet by either age or the number of years I’ve actually called myself a poet. Then as I covered the lines and worked from bottom to top, the poem took on an entirely different meaning. My lines are in italic and yes I borrowed my first line, but Queen popped in my head reading the first line.