Holly Lyn Walrath, is pretty simple. As she explains … Go to a book you love. Find a short line that strikes you. Make that line the title of your poem. Write a poem inspired by the line. Then, after you’ve finished, change the title completely.
“A weak man in a corner is more dangerous than a strong man.” Detective-Inspector Miller, The Under Dog (1926) Agatha Christie
A lone tree dancing in the corner of the field.
It’s young and spring-green beckoning other winding its twigs and branches.
A farmer rejected by own came to live there.
He was preaching God is none but Man and Woman
Forgotten by history; remembered by tellers of lore and story.
No one came closer to the hut. Only few followers
Paying their penance. Deep in the night they would visit.
One day they found the hut destroyed; the man on noose from the tree.
The heads and crown of the religion laugh. They celebrate till the dawn.
A lone tree stand in the corner of the field.
The grave of the man tombstoned at its feet.
The weaks, his followers, mourn for a week.
A festival it was, years later. A man started preaching standing on wooden boxes.
The guard pulled him down and dragged him down the street to the gate
But wait… another old man reciting…a young man then…
The hum grew high…the lone tree then old cafune the moss grown stone…