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Werd Trix: Patchwork Poems

     I admit to being a purist about the construction of patchwork poems. If I use a line, it must be used exactly as it appears in the original - no change of tense - no plurals changed to singulars, or vice versa. 
    I prefer working from a given word - something I hope to build an entire concept around. As a writer, I liked the two ideas below that focused on the two words write and words, each patched from a specific author.
     Finding random lines that can be arranged to make sense is the challenge.

"Words" Tweaked from Twain
"Write" Lines Usurped from Shakespeare
Theological "Spit"

 
 
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"Words" Tweaked from Twain *

I choked out some words,
My own words,
But the words stuck in my throat.
I have said the words!
I fetched out those last words.
It was only just words, words.

Just words,
Good words,
Brave words,
Hopeful words,
Perilous words,
Comforting words, 
Strange words,
Awful words.

These words which I had written--
Oh beware! These are awful words.

            - Gloria T. Delamar © 2000
* All "words" lines patchworked from 
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
(Mark Twain)
"Write" Lines Usurped from Shakespeare *

Think, speak, cast, write, sing, number ho;
When shall you see me write a thing in rhyme?
But to write and read comes by nature;
To live still and write mine epitaph.

Why should I write this down, that's so riveted?
Oh blame me not if I no more can write.
But I will write again;
Write, sigh, pray, sue, and groan.

Take forth paper, fold it, write upon it;
So to the laws at large I write.
I'll call for pen and ink and write my mind;
For who's so dumb that cannot write?

                    - Gloria T. Delamar © 2000
* Concordance of Shakespeare's "write" lines: 
1) Antony and Cleopatra 3-2; 
2)Loves' Labour's Lost 4-3;
3) Much Ado About Nothing 3-3; 
4) Measure for Measure 4-1; 
5) Cymbeline 2-2; 
6) Sonnet 1-1; 
7) Romeo and Juliet 5-2; 
8) Love's Labour's Lost 3-1; 
9) Macbeth 5-1; 
10) Love's Labour's Lost 1-1; 
11) 1 Henry VI 5-3; 
12) Sonnet 1-1 
il: write pic
flaming chalice

I guess this is a quirky sense of humor that makes me juxtapose The Golden Rule beside
Theological "Spit."

Theological "Spit" *

Spit this blessed selfishness!
     Spit in his face,
     Spit in her face,
     Spit in my face,
     Spit on his eyes,
     Spit upon him that is clean.

Spit at the thought,
     Spit it forth.
     Spit on the great city,
     Spit upon them,
     Spit upon him, Spit upon him, Spit upon him.

"Take care not to spit against the wind!"

- Gloria T. Delamar © 2001


* Concordance of "spit" lines:
1) Thus Spake Zarathustra (Nietzsche); 
2) Deuteronomy 25, Matthew 26; 
3) Numbers 12; 
4) Job 30; 
5) Matthew 27; Mark 10, 14, 15;
    Book of Mormon: Nephi 19; Alma 8, 14; 
6) Levitticus 15; 
7) Bhagavad-Gita; 
8) Apocrypha, 
9) Zarathustra; 
10) Apocropha; 
11) Mormon: Alma 23; 
12) Zarathustra.

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