Day 30 Final day of poem-a-day challenge!

And, for our very last day of the 30 poems in 30 days challenge, we are asked to write a special poetic form called the cento.  As Maureen explains, “This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems.”  So, that’s what I did! Below is my version of a cento with lines from Elizabeth Barret Browning, Christina Rossetti, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, & Emily Dickinson. I selected all women poets writing about love.

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I loved you first

First time he kissed me, he but only kissed

The fingers of this hand wherewith I write.

I loved you first: but afterwards your love

Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song.

I love your lips when they’re wet with wine

And red with a wild desire;

Somewhere or other there must surely be

The face not seen, the voice not heard.

Wild nights – Wild nights!

Were I with thee.

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