For this prompt, I was to select an existing poem and write my poem using the shape (form, style, beat) of the original. Each of my lines must begin with the same first letter of the corresponding line in the original poem.
For this assignment, I selected two Billy Collins poems. For shape, I chose “Class Picture 1954” (click to read it). I picked “Drawing Class” for subject and musings. Mr. Collins enjoyed his drawing class much more than I did. But we both like to draw.
Me in Drawing Class
I took the art class
for my drawing to improve.
To the instructor I was not
special nor obedient because
to me, she was retentive and inflexible.
The first day she belittled tardy.
I was early. Most were on time.
Is she too good to teach me?
At the front and center
in my surgical mask,
was I to be her basic class problem?
Because I claim my work
instead of me making art her way;
oh, how we entertained the others.
What’s so bad about using graphite?
And why is it carbon or charcoal
you think superior to what tool I use?
And now we’re done.
So class is over,
another moody artist goes his way.
Look both ways in dealing with the artsy types.
Mind the gaps, but graphite works equally well.