Do You Remember?

This post is about the poetry group I have recently joined. We are experimenting with different ways of creating poetry, in particular local content. This week’s assignment was a Documentary Poem where we have to use other people’s words and create our own poem.

Find 2 sources and take 8-10 words/phrases/sentences from both and create a 12 line poem in couplets. I was very apprehensive, but once I started I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it was.

My 2 documents were my Twitter TL and lyrics from the song that for some strange reason has been playing in my head of late – One Day at a Time. Well, this is what I came up with:

Do You Remember
do you remember wildlife, oh
what fun “human”

harvesting, one day at a time
vote for change – Otherwise?
yesterday’s gone woman!
corruption spinning

out of dust
tomorrow may never be
mine. healthcare (sweet
jesus) it’s worse now
than then
do you remember


What do you think of this experiment? I seemed to have created something very different and though I have tried to hide behind other people’s words, I still find myself in this poem. Why don’t you give it a try and experience this for yourselves.

Oh and here is the beautiful song, enjoy :)



P.S. If you would be interested in my previous poetry workshop assignments, check out these posts:

A Land, Broken
The Importance of Being an Object
Red Stilettos, and a Pair of Shoes

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