#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 18 : “Precision Under Flashing Lights” (A Found Poem)

Precision Under
Flashing Lights

hope shattered, no pulse,
the gift of released weight
comes with a price

sheโ€™s carried away
on a moonbeam
we canโ€™t see, lifted

beyond heaps of trees
while we stare into
a smoggy sunset

to catch a last glimpse
as her body rounds
the corner & finally leaves

the city as birds on wires
obscure a search
for meaning

in the muted afterglow,
we wait for the darkness
of our lives to settle

keeping words at a distance,
not focusing on faces
too painful to look at
up close

Found Poem from “The Virgin Suicides” (1993) by Jeffrey Eugenides

Note: I haven’t written too many found poems because it seems like when I set out to actually write (or find) one it never quite works out how I want it to. While re-reading “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides I came upon a page that stuck out to me. There were so many key words & phrases popping out that I knew I’d have to try to write a piece based on them. I don’t know if there are any rules to found poetry or not, but I did add in my own lines between the borrowed words. The words from the book are in bold & italicized.

Published by Jennifer Patino


16 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 18 : “Precision Under Flashing Lights” (A Found Poem)

  1. I don’t know the rules either but I love what you did with this one. And this is one more book I never got to that you’ve added to my list… ^_^

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  2. Hey! Just reaching out to let you know that youโ€™ve been nominated for the Outstanding Blogger Award. Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. * If your site is award-free, I completely understand and just want you to know that I truly admire your work.โค๏ธ

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