Chill (Cento)

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Chill (Cento) 

I shiver a little, with the evening,
and you print a shadow like a thin twig.

Wait for my death, then hear me again.
He believes a pomegranate is a thesaurus,

the thundercloud, tomorrow’s puddle. Is
this hunger unlike that of others?

When a drowning man calls out,
his voice follows him downstream.

Why am I grown so cold?

A cento is composed of lines borrowed from other poets. “Chill” owes its existence to: James Wright, H.D., Ingeborg Bachmann, Eduardo C. Corral, Blaga Dimitrova, Forrest Gander, Yusuf Komunyakaa, and Adelaide Crapsey.

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“Chill” first appeared on the blog in March, 2016, and was subsequently published in Long Exposure in October 2016.

11 thoughts on “Chill (Cento)

  1. pomegranate as thesaurus … hmmm … will chew on that awhile!
    I like the thought of voice moving downstream after a drowning body calls out – that last words hang in the air for just a bit longer. Yet indeed, a chilling thought.

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  2. I read this, your Cento, on Wednesday, and your definition of a Cento as well… And that night (early morning Thursday?), in my sleep, I was trying to create a Cento of Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, and Edward Lear… Yes, I was two poets short, but still, such inspiration! I think, next time I dream, I will try to apply to the Okaji School of Poetry… 🙂

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