The Rose

Golden Shovel Poetry is a style of verse created by Terrance Hayes. This form of found poetry allows the writer to take a favorite poem and use it to make something original. I experimented with found poetry last year when I wrote Blank Verse poems. Since I have a small booklet of William Blake poems on my shelf that I’ve planned to reread, I decided to start the month of July playing with the words written by this Romantic Era poet. Blake didn’t receive much recognition in his life. Some people thought he was insane. I will call this first poem The Rose.

The rules for writing a Golden Shovel Poem and The Rose

While researching this style of poetry created by Terrance Hayes, there seem to be four simple rules. You can use as many lines of the poem as you want, and the poem will end with you being your creation. I find this idea interesting. Written below are the three simple rules.

1). Choose a poem that you like. I will use poems by William Blake in my July poetic adventure.

2)Use each word in the line or lines as the end word in your poem. Make sure they stay in order.

3) Construct an entire poem around them. The meaning doesn’t have to be the same.

4) Give the original poet credit who wrote the line or lines you used.

In this poetic adventure, I will stick to using poems written by William Blake. This small poem I will call The Rose. The word end words of each line were from Blake’s The Sick Rose.

The Rose
I enjoyed your crimson glory O
Ruby red robust rose
And I discovered that thou,
Nature's fragrant work of art,
Held a blemish as if sick.
I didn't see the
Slight trace of invisible
Scare woven by the worm

Now I have come to realize that
Beauty once beheld flies
With delicate wings in
The heart and mind of the
Beholder lingering long into the night.
Without shrieking in
Surprise  bending beneath the
Blistering wind howling
In the strange voice of the storm

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4 thoughts on “The Rose

  1. Thanks for coming by Experience Writing today. I enjoyed your choice of form and poet for the month, and your poem. I took a picture of a dead fly in a rose the other day, so your change in the middle of the first stanza was something I could really relate to.
    I had a trespasser the other day that I thought you might enjoy pictures of:
    I still have no idea which of my neighbors are free-ranging their beautiful hens here. Might want to let the neighbors know . . . ask first . . . discuss. There was a different one here on the fourth of July.

  2. I love your poem. I’ve never heard of this reworking. But now I have I’m most certainly going to look further into it.

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