Friday, April 10, 2009

NaPoWriMo #10: found

I did found poetry for NaPoWriMo last year, by cannibalizing lyrics from some of my favorite songs. Today, Read Write Poem had another great idea for a found poem: using a passage of text from an out of print book, and then reworking the line breaks to create poetry. Using Google Books, I found the following:

The Soul in Us

Mother love
reveals the human soul
says one
but mother love
is commonplace among
the higher animals
and some of the less high
love and sacrifice of self
for family and community
prove soul
well, the worker bee
works till it falls dead
on the threshold of the hive
with honey sac or pollen baskets
filled with food
which it is bringing home
to feed the babies
and queen
and drones
of the hive
faith in an all-wise
and all-kind God
proves the soul
in us.

(from Human Life as the Biologist Sees It, by Vernon Lyman Kellogg. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1922, p. 120.)

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