Today’s NaPoWriMo.net prompt called for writers to create a poem that responds, in some way, to another. This could be as simple as using a line or image from another poem as a jumping-off point, or it could be a more formal poetic response to the argument or ideas raised in anothe poem.I have too many favourite poems, so decided instead to open randomly to any page in All Of Us: The Collected Poems by Raymond Carver (who is a favourite writer or mine). I happened up on the poem “The Minuet” (photo below) which I had never read before, but which, by some poetic magic, definitely spoke to me at this moment in my life. I didn’t set out to match the poem’s line rhythms and number, but once I started in with the voice of his poem’s dancer, it sort of fell into step.
The Spark New moon night. I am awake with want of everything. This life to move in triple time. Or stop, when someone comes in. A person who tiptoes, or could. Would see the glimmer of light off the diamond I carry. How it acts something like a spark. That ancient igniter. Of fire. I’ve danced through that by chance and choice. Am still asking for more.