Things Went Very Badly (A found poem)

April 28, 2012
By Readinglts GOLD, Rochester, Massachusetts
Readinglts GOLD, Rochester, Massachusetts
10 articles 5 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
If I lost the light of the Sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you


The water was swiftly moving blue in the channels in late summer of that year
Leaves, stirred by the wind, fell early, the dust rising
Leaves all fell from the chestnut trees, dead with the autumn
The road, bare and white, the trunks black with rain,
All the country was wet.

There were big guns too, troops marching under the window,
Covered with green branches and fighting in the mountains
It was like summer lightning
But there was not the feeling of a storm coming.

Trucks splashed mud on the road and
The troops were muddy.
To the north was another mountain,
And there was fighting for that mountain too,
But it was unsuccessful.

At the start of winter
Came the permanent rain, came the cholera.
In the end only seven thousand died of it.
Things went very badly.


The author's comments:
This is a found poem using Farewell to Arms by Hemingway. I took phrases from the first chapter and arranged them into a free verse poem.

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