To learn the magic of light, she said, I needed to wake before sunrise. I needed to watch how light overtakes dark.
– Jennifer Dukes Lee
To learn the magic of light, wake
before sunrise. Stumble barefoot
on gravel. Chase light before dawn
in the silky mist of valleys
where landscape yawns.
Then wait. Press
one hopeful eye against
the viewfinder and capture
the last word:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness
has not overcome it.
Have you ever written a found poem? The Academy of American Poets defines it:
Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.
A pure found poem consists exclusively of outside texts: the words of the poem remain as they were found, with few additions or omissions. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet.
If you’ve never written a poem, try a found poem. It’s a gentle, fun, and easy way to dip your toes into poetry for the first time!
See more of my found poems here.