Viv, at http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/triptych-for-we-write-poems-3-2-11/#comment-3288, in her demonic drive to mess with my mind, introduced me to a new concept in poetry construction: a Triptych. A triptych is simply a poem in three sections, but to mess with me more, she requires it be written using self-made prompts gestalted through a list created under the headings of Heaven, Earth, and Man.
Well, here is the list I came up with. Not very original I suppose, but its construction left my head swimming.
Heaven Earth Man
Peace solid frail
Clouds rock flesh
God nature work
Salvation growing love
Soul sea wife
Universe firmament child
Using the list, I cobbled up what I had hoped would be a beautiful sonnet. Instead, this is what came out. I’m pretty sure it can’t be called a sonnet, and I can’t even think up a title for it.
The Earth is just a tiny part
Of God’s expanding plan.
Perhaps an afterthought
Caused the birth of man.
Why did he place us here
On this spinning ball of rock?
To bow before his mighty grace?
No . . . somehow, I think not.
There’s more to man than flesh and blood.
There’s love and wife and child,
Somewhere within a soul resides
And must be reconciled.
We must question not the wisdom, which is His.
It’s enough for man to know: He is.