Same Old/Same Old/Slightly Shaken (Cento to Tempus Fugit)


Same Old/Same Old/Slightly Shaken
(Cento to Tempus Fugit)

Had we but world enough and time,
I would compare thee to a summer’s day.
But Time’s winged chariot hurrying near–
Pray, help me undo this button.

Plunge your hands in the
wherefore base–
the flag of my disposition of hopeful
clay and wattles made.

While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
and time yet for a hundred indecisions,
arms could lie along a table, or wrap about a shawl.
But rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
and never, never, never, never, never
is icumen’ in,
So come live with me and be my love.
Ripeness is all. And now.

The above is posted from my iPhone for the dverse poets pub – — prompt by Samuel Peralta to write a cento, which is a collage of lines from other poets. Mine is an amalgam from Shakespeare– King Lear and summer’s day sonnet– and Andrew Marvell, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Christopher Marlowe.

The photo has a lurking bit of the living in the midst of all those dried beautiful folios (leaves) and happened to be on my phone.

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33 Comments on “Same Old/Same Old/Slightly Shaken (Cento to Tempus Fugit)”

  1. suej Says:

    Oh, this made me laugh! Great use of this form..

  2. Mary Says:

    I enjoyed this mixture of classic and twentieth-century. I loved the last two lines. Yes, ripeness is all. And now. Love the leaf picture. You did well posting from your iPhone!

  3. brian miller Says:

    hahaha….nice word play k….nice sensual undertones as well…dang those buttons getting in the way…smiles…oh yes, time is but short so you might as well…..

  4. Good mix of the old and new to create word play and images

  5. Well done K! Really great use of both the classics and new to create an interesting and fun collage of a read!

  6. Laurie Kolp Says:

    Beautiful… I love the beginning w/ Shakespeare.

  7. Myrna Says:

    Oh this is great. I like the buttons line. Made me laugh. Lucky the photo was already on your phone, but I’m so envious that you could do something so good from your iphone.

  8. I wish I read yours before I wrote mine..this was so much fun…I enjoyed the lightness blending in with the poetry lines ~

  9. Glenn Buttkus Says:

    This piece was great fun, mostly because your joy in it was contagious. So many possibilities, wow. Thanks.

  10. Very clever, two different era’s converge… and wow… 🙂

  11. seingraham Says:

    This rocks! Shakespeare to now and back and here and elsewhere; and all on your phone, including the photo? Brilliant.

  12. So enjoyed this – love the final lines especially! K

  13. Formal, Sensual, and witty! Clever and adroitly constructed. I enjoyed it a lot.

  14. Absolutely loved this! You had me at the first three lines, and then the turn in the fourth – that was wonderful. And you played it beautifully all the way to that ending. Bravo!

  15. Yes the buttons line had me in stitches, fun to re-read, and so well done!

  16. janehewey Says:

    fantastic fun to read. you made this form, which truly reads as a collage, so light and lively. brilliant angle!

  17. claudia Says:

    so cool that you even wrote and posted from your iphone…i know how cumbersome this is..ha…very cool weave as well k.. love the closure…So come live with me and be my love.
    Ripeness is all. And now…..nice!!

  18. Mama Zen Says:

    This is marvelous!

  19. Cool collage….loved the ending line esp…n the leaf pic

  20. Luke Prater Says:

    Wonderful use of these works… given new life like the leaves will in the springtime. Lost and found poem in the best sense

  21. And composed on an iphone no less. Impressive. I enjoyed this and love the leaf colors.

  22. kaykuala Says:

    How nice to account for and blend the two different times. An iphone can bring such wonders! Amazing K!

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