26 Fruits


27th Way

At my book launch I asked members of the audience to write the base text of 26 ways of looking at a blackberry in a 27th Way. The brief was to write it in the style of another author. We had six entries, all of which you can read by clicking on “27th Way” on the right. Some wonderful stuff, in the style of Bukowski, Sebastian Barry, Jay-Z, Jane Austen, David Peace….

But the winner was in the style of Rilke, and it was written by Olivia Sprinkel. Apart from interpreting the base text well, this is a beautiful poem. Well done and thank you, Olivia.

Constraint: Rilke (translated from the German by Olivia Sprinkel).

A feather breezes past; on its own
it will hang and glide in breath of a current,

seeking to catch upward flight,
gentle on its own; but powerful when
bound to a free wing.

Our thoughts are carried, as if by angels.
An x becomes xx becomes xxx transformed
x times countless; as these shimmering
kisses multiply, so do our golden rewards.

Lovers show off, endlessly inventive in tenderness.
Words bouncing, hopping, surprising, jumping.

The spirit of the age sends angels in new directions.
Life moves on. Ups and downs, yet an eternal cycle
spinning forward. And still a vision
Shining through thick clouds: a world connected.

Look at this – our web of interconnections – spun with
Threads of breath. Our bodies, minds, relationships –
with each other, with the earth, our imperative to connect.
Faster, stronger, deeper, richer, in the spirit of peace
and adventure.

This is our great work; we send you thanks
for opening hearts to our angels of connection.

One Response

  1. John Simmons says:

    Veena Vasista says:

    Wow. Who knew that the base text could become so poetic…and so linked to beauty. Inspiring.

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