Wordgathering Cento

Margo graciously reblogged the Red Wolf Anthology announcement and added this prompt:

You can do one of two things. Take all the first lines you have picked and use them as your poem — tenses and pronouns can be changed for sense. Or, pick your favourite line and use it as your first line. Remember to credit the original authors.

I’ll confess, I chose a third option–last lines.  Please visit We Write Poems to read the full anthology.


when I reach out for your hand
put down your fascination
will disappear – winter’s winds are waiting, cold and rough
Huntsman went home with wolfskin
and golden hops are heavy on the bine
has lasted my lifetime
always been this way
entwine it away forever
and drop their brown needles in my garden

muse is momentarily sated
she gave them names and pronounced them good
after year, more and more and louder again
and in case you wonder, that is purely me
fierce … I want to be whooshed away, wild Derecho,
and darkened
as a good omen
for my camera phone
for some secret
who will wear these shoes
or else

the dead woman is awake
catches blue fire
sweltered, aching in unforgiving vision, as freedom is bestowed
ragged and beautiful like truth itself
lives on in me
is always remembered
let love soak through my bones as I rebuild you breath by breath
more tolerable
as my mind rests on the fence
the end.  *where does it hurt? Everywhere


In the order they appear in the poem (if not let me know).
Hands by Harshal Gupta
Coverlet by Andra-Teodora Negroiu
A World that Will Never Pause by Marian Veverka
Flowers, cake & wolfskin by Irene Toh
Captive of the Song by Hannah Gosselin
red wolf by Neil Reid
First Kiss by Judy Roney
Tears & Teeth by Nicole Nicholson
A Red Dress and High Heels by Pamela Sayers
An epistle to the ghost of Nick by Julie Mehr
Composite by JulesPaige
God’s Little Garden by Annell Livingston
Phantom Sounds by Marilyn Braendeholm
He has his Mother’s Eyes by Walter Wojtanik
Wild Winds by Debi Swim
Aunt Sister, Revisited by Barbara Young
Priorities by Richard Walker
It Only Takes a Moment by Margo Roby
Alice in the Sky by Stacy Lynn Mar
These Shoes by Donald Harbour
Who will wear those big shoes? by Mariya Koleva
About The Dead Woman and Waking Up by Elizabeth Crawford
Telegraph by Joseph Harker
The Road by Roslyn Ross
Untouched by Alexandra Palmer
Epistle to Janis Joplin by Sara McNulty
Freeze Frame by Denise Janikowski-Krewal
Where I hold your name by Uma Gowrishankar
Mementos and Memories by Paula Wanken
Confessing ochre is never far away by Gautami Tripathy
Restoration by Vivienne Frances Blake

for Margo Roby: Wordgathering

About T A Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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13 Responses to Wordgathering Cento

  1. stimmyabby says:

    I especially like “the dead woman is awake
    catches blue fire”.
    Last lines are the best! Sometimes I will take a book of poetry and use the last line of each poem as a poetry prompt.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      I like first and last lines. Creating cento stirs up ideas. That’s what I like best about these exercises. I like your idea for a poetry prompt. 🙂 Thanks for all the visits and comments.

  2. A highly creative effort, which I fully enjoyed.

    Happy New Year! 🙂

    Greetings from London.

  3. brian miller says:

    ha…you def wove the lines together nicely….not easy to do…but def a cool way to commemorate the anthology….

  4. julespaige says:

    Last lines, interesting. I may try something like this with middle lines or maybe just selected sentences…

    Best to you and yours in the New Year.

  5. ManicDdaily says:

    Pretty darn cool! Really so interesting! Thank you, Yousei. K.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thank you. I was pleased with it overall. I always see something to change later, but most writers are probably that way, right? Thank you for stopping in to read and share.

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