You square no one, rain and earth
neglect the thrust and seduction of
your repulsive cell. Always adrift in
the same vast night, nobody puts
up a fight and sits tight, cosmos
and black hole of anybody’s wrong
destroying another darkness, horn
effects of addiction, after you miss
each other. Sit it out for the first
time and square no one.
Kim M. Russell, 6th April 2021
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Tuesday Poetics: Flipping Meanings
Lisa is back with a tricky challenge, of which she says the seed was planted long ago and germinated into an idea for ‘opposite’ poems: taking a poem of one’s choice and flipping the script on it, turning it, for example, from a light poem to a dark one, dark to light, happy to sad, sad to happy, and so on.
Lisa Googled it and found a YouTube video, ‘The Opposites Game’ by Brendan Constantine, to inspire us. She reminded us of another way to ‘flip the script’ through the Diamante form, with an example by Marie Summers.
Lisa has given us three options, and I chose one of my own poems, a recent one, to flip. It wasn’t easy, I had to try several choices until the flipped poem looked and felt right – and then I decided to get it into a square shape, like the circle one. Talk about making things difficult for myself!