inspired by a recent prompt, posted by Accents Publishing, suggesting that one take words and phrases from a book of poetry’s table of contents, create a title then take words and phrases from at least fifteen poems in that book and create a poem from there. I attempted this using Nikky Finney’s Head Off & Split.
The words pay your Indian Head,
were poised in the corner of her slightly parted lips
ready to be spoken as gently as if it was the last time,
more delicate than lace, more articulate than ivory keys,
by a woman with pom pom legs.
The elder woman, in her favorite sitting chair,
chewing down an old bone,
stated to her lover,
guillotined and gutted
would he be
if cheating took place
in the apple of the kitchen
blooming around her.
Her fists balled in sweet anticipation
for the moment when the three heads
united, loved and departed.