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Moments Slip Away -> Updown Side February 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Poetry, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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The Prompt: 

Choose a poem that you’ve written and rewrite it in its reverse, making the last line the first, etc. Revise this version, creating a new poem.

The Original:

Treasured photos fill
time-worn antique ladder shelves
with no space to spare

Ghosts from the past, so
easily resurrected,
crumble back to dust

Life’s treasured moments:
bite-size morsels melting as
soon as they appear

How do we account
for the time we’ve spent chasing
restless empty dreams?

The Reverse ~ Revised:

Restless empty dreams?
Time lost forever to the chase
All to no account.

Ephemeral appearances
Melting in bite-size bits.

Life’s treasured moments
Crumbling back to dust.

Easily resurrected ghosts from the past
Dissipate again
No space to spare.

Time-worn antiques
Laddered and layered lives
Treasured photos shelved away

Moments slip
Forever lost in time.

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