A very interesting prompt today!

First, find a poem in a book or magazine (ideally one you are not familiar with). Use a piece of paper to cover over everything but the last line. Now write a line of your own that completes the thought of that single line you can see, or otherwise responds to it. Now move your piece of paper up to uncover the second-to-last line of your source poem, and write the second line of your new poem to complete/respond to this second-to-last line. Keep going, uncovering and writing, until you get to the first line of your source poem, which you will complete/respond to as the last line of your new poem. It might not be a finished draft, but hopefully it at least contains the seeds of one.

I used a poem of one of my poet friend Feliz Ruiz. I started reverse and added one line to each of her line.

Below is her poem:

 

Focus the eye of the intellect

on the goal of your life

and you won’t be trapped

in the web of questions.

                  ©Feliz Ruiz

 

This is my poem inspired by her poem: 

 

In the web of questions

I seek my answers

And you won’t be trapped

My heart assures

On the goal of your life

You shall endeavor and drive

Focus the eye of the intellect

Never lose belief and hope

 

                        ©Vandana Bhasin

 

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