When I first read the opening lines of ‘Love After Love’,
I knew your poem would fit me like a glove;
I felt I might have met you in a previous life
so deeply cut your poetic knife.
You taught me to look into a mirror
with elation. The future is clearer
as I feast on photographs and letters
and I have come to know myself better.
No longer a stranger in my own skin,
I write about emotions I once held in
and realise my writing and I are not apart:
I am myself a poem I have learnt by heart.
Kim M. Russell, 2018
This weekend I’m hosting the weekend Mini Challenge with the Toads. I’ve been reading A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, entitled The Making of a Poem, and learning about heroic couplets. The only modern examples I could find were in the book and, according to Wikipedia, twentieth century authors have occasionally made use of the heroic couplet, often as an allusion to the works of poets of previous centuries. Which is why my challenge is to write a short-ish (no longer than 30 lines) modern poem in heroic couplets about a favourite poet or one of their works.