Day Six Ezra’s Garden

“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a variation of an acrostic poem. But rather than spelling out a word with the first letters of each line, I’d like you to write a poem that reproduces a phrase with the first words of each line. Perhaps you could write a poem in which the first words of each line, read together, reproduce a treasured line of poetry? You could even try using a newspaper headline or something from a magazine article. Whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy this prompt.”

For today’s prompt, I chose the last line from Ezra Pound’s In a Station of the Metro

Ezra’s Garden

Petals, the colour of rubies from the explorer rose, fall

on the grass along the back fence,

a carpet of red in a world of green. Last night’s rain

wet everything in the garden, turning the branches

black and glistening. Over the gate, a single

bough, heavy with blooms bows at the end of its performance.

Carol A. Stephen,

April 6, 2022

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