Unsettling Found Poetry – Sitting on a Book Shelf

It is a wicked time.
Pride and prejudice run amok
fueled by devices and desires.
Politicians play the confidence game,
endangered values center stage.

The dreams from my father
seem so very long ago.
Sunday drives in the family car,
unlocked doors, porches with swings.
That used to be us.

Today I watch appalled.
Certain trumpets spew vitriolic words.
In cold blood stories litter newsprint pages,
stained red in televised image
too often unseen by too many.

Let us pray for a still life
with bread crumbs for everyone,
hope we are not racing a timeline
to the end of [y]our life book club.


Created from book titles found on a Chicago book shelf:  Wicked by Gregory Maguire, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Devices and Desires by P.D. James, Confidence Game by Christine S. Richard, Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama, That Used To Be Us by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, Certain Trumpets by Garry Wills, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, Timeline by Michael Crichton, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.

6 thoughts on “Unsettling Found Poetry – Sitting on a Book Shelf

  1. Misky November 27, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Nicely done, Lillian. >


    • lillian November 27, 2015 / 11:01 am

      Thank you. Think I’ve found a new hobby when visiting folks — looking at their book shelves! 🙂


      • Misky November 27, 2015 / 11:05 am

        Some people call that form “Spine Poetry”.

        Liked by 1 person

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