Paving My Author's Road

Responsibility, a poem


I usually post on Mondays and Fridays, but I want to try a bit of experimenting. And decided to post on a Wednesday today and with a poem I wrote.

Today’s poem was a How Writers Write Poetry, a The Writing University Open Course program, assignment. Exercise 7 of the course was to make an erasure poem. Erase words from an existing text and frame it as a poem.

One can argue if erasure is really a poem since you’re using someone else’s words. That it lacks originality. An argument mentioned by the instructor from a past student. But, one also has to remember that poetry is all around us. Everywhere and in everything.:


a plan for

following the fire

and skimming areas

began activity


by day’s end,

in our power,

well and remotely,

assisting in

recovery capacity,

the effects of the

extensive oil spill

in required response.


go ahead.

standby for their use

with supplies of

storage, flotilla of vessels

and determined to do

everything in sinking

a boom.

© July 28, 2014