Found Poem

Today in our Summer Writing Institute, we wrote found poems. Our inspiration came from several poems:

“Harlem” by Langston Hughes

“The Gift” by Li-Young Lee

“Bilingual Sestina” by Julia Alvarez

“Million Man March Poem” by Maya Angelou

Autumn Song” by Sarojini Naidu

Thought I would share my poem for Teacher’s Write!


Thoughts on a Life

by Teresa Bunner

As I stand dusty and awkward on the road of indifference,

I yearn for measures of tenderness

To wash over me like warm island waters.

I yearn for a dream deferred, a golden storm,

the voice of the wind.

The night has been long.

Voices recite a story.

A prayer.

Invite joy into conversation.

Revise my spirit.

Cleanse my soul.

Sing to me soothing joy,

Words profound.

And why should I stay behind?


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