Excerpt: Weathered Fragments, Weathered Souls

From “Rocks”

The little pieces you picked up.
The little pieces you carried once
in your hands,
held next to your body,
smeared onto your skin,
tugging at you:
the fragments you hold on to—
the ones you did not want to leave behind.


Poetry Boot Camp #18

#18 Challenge yourself to the beat!  Take an existing poem that is not working, or one you find yourself revising endlessly (almost everyone has one!), and challenge yourself to write 4 line stanzas with the following beats:

Line 1: 10 Line 2: 8 Line 3: 6 Line 4: 4

Repeat until the end of the poem. Want more of a challenge? End the poem with a couplet of 6 beats each.