And now for today’s (optional) prompt! Kate Greenstreet’s poetry is spare, but gives a very palpable sense of being spoken aloud – it reads like spoken language sounds. In our interview with her, she underscores this, stating that “when you hear it, you write it down.” Today, we challenge you to honor this idea with a poem based in sound. The poem, for example, could incorporate overheard language. Perhaps it could incorporate a song lyric in some way, or language from something often heard spoken aloud (a prayer, a pledge, the Girl Scout motto). Or you could use a regional or local phrase from your hometown that you don’t hear elsewhere, e.g. “that boy won’t amount to a pinch.”

 

I decided to use a phrase “Wish I could change this moment, to another time and place” from one of my favourite songs titled “ Love will never lie”. You can check the lyrics here and listen to the song here.

Poem: Wish I could change this moment

 

Wish I could change this moment

To another time and place

The moment when I was a child

Oblivious of materialistic race

 

 

Wish I could change this moment

To another time and place

When all I could do was laugh

Without fear of judgment or disgrace

 

 

Wish I could change this moment

To another time and place

Where I was free of all restraints

And I dreamt of touching the space

 

 

Wish I could change this moment

To another time and place

Where friends and play was lifeline

Distress and woes were displaced

 

 

Wish I could change this moment

To another time and place

Where onus and faults were aliens

And innocence was the virtue embraced

 

©Vandana Bhasin

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