Start with a Line from Someone Else (Part 3): Poetry Day 4

“Take a line from someone else and change one word in the line: “Beyond all this, the wish to be alone” might become, “Beyond all this, the wish to be perfect.” See where you can go from there.”

– Kim Addonizio “Ordinary Genius”

Original line: “The house was quiet and the world was calm.”

The house was wild and the world was calm.

A white picket fence holding the eruption

Neatly trimmed lawn hiding juice spills and tantrums.

An empty swing, the only reminder of the storm.

Original Line: “If there exists a hell – the case is clear -“

If there exists a hell – the case is lost –

I’m destined for eternity

To relish in darkness – no fear of the light-

Is the payment for my life

Celebrations every night – I will not regret-

There is no second glance

If there exists a hell

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