Oulipost #12: Life Design

Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. (I took liberties with the form – 12 lines for day 12, ababb, ababb, cc)

Life Design

Smoky-mirror, fleeting pretty, humbling sensation

Spaces, ugly, ill-defined, build boring boundaries

Glimpsing perhaps smugness, perhaps solution

Turn, then and focus on the what of what could be

Different angles open artful possibilities.

 

Odd landings, obstacles, declare the situation

Narrow life becomes no vision, no inspired entry

Gear up, console, project, design mosaic renovation

Ride vast change right along, reverberating to be, to be

Wasted spaces, closed spaces, must become opportunities.

 

Bury unfamiliar darker years, add a new interior

Cover dreary ugly view, paint today’s new now in color.

 

Sourced from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 12, 2014. (From Lemons to Lemonade, Marni Jameson)

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About eduk8te

Kathy Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kathy is the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate; she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kathy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of two beautiful boys.
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3 Responses to Oulipost #12: Life Design

  1. Robert C. Moore says:

    Wow tough assignment good job

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. love that last line – a striking internal rhyme and a twisty way with the words. nice work!

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