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I’m not one for following prompts. When I’m writing or painting I need to follow my own path, but today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo was like an open door. We were invited to choose the first line from a favorite poem to use as the first line of our poem. I decided to flip through one of my old university textbooks, Poem, Poets, Poetry by Helen Vendler, to find a poem. I chose William Wordsworth’s A slumber did my spirit seal.

A slumber did my spirit seal;
From which I never woke:
Searching for a place to kneel
My weary heart long broke.

Twas your hand, gentle and sincere
Which pulled me from my hole;
A guide to drive away my fear
And bring light to my soul.

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© Amanda Makepeace

NaPoWriMo 2012

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