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Twenty Words – Poetry Workshop with Quinton Duval


 

Take a moment to listen between the missing lines

Hear your heart as the beats count down

pulsing under scars that whisper

I’m still here.

Are you really, deeply listening?

Through cracked pane of window glass

the clang, clang of train rumbles past

in competition and your mind chases iron tracks.

Scratching pens on poets’ pads,

a cough, a sigh, a noisy worry,

a tall red drum rests in the corner silent

Yet even that – the lack of drumming, distracts

Take a moment and relax.

Can you hear those ten words or better, twenty?

The ones that if you had to choose

you could not live without?

Now – Focus

Jot them down quickly

Don’t judge them, let them fall

like scattered cells of finished skin:

children, laughter, thunder, rain, mountain, feathers, silver bark, lovers, sunlight,

autumn, meadows, spring, elk, green, home, blue, horse, gold, stream

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