Bellman, who shall dream in thy familiarity?
Who shall sing in thy essential existence?
He that awakened thoughts, and heaped remembrance,
and heard the mystery in his moments.
He that conquers not with his calculations,
nor seduces children to his territory,
nor carries a fact against his mind.
In whose eyes a midmorning childhood is woven;
but he nourishes them that dream the sky.
He that rises to his own archaeology, and blusters not.
He that passes not out his time to death,
nor overflows life against the moments.
He that travels these borders shall never be half-hearted.
Found Poetry Review’s Oulipost prompt #16: CHIMERA
“Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.“
Body: Psalm 15, Holy Bible, King James Version
Nouns: Diane Setterfield, Bellman & Black, p. 1 and introductory quote from Crow Country by Mark Cocker
Verbs: Stephen King, On Writing, p. 64, reprinting a poem by Tabby King, “A Gradual Canticle for Augustine.”
Adjectives: Helena Frith Powell, All You Need to be Impossibly French, pp. 174-76.
Yeah, I KNOW it’s crap. (My fault; not the prompt’s.)
I already said there were no more words. But in an attempt to not give up, I’m scraping the bottom of the cyber barrel for prompts.
Anybody got any ideas?