the exercises with random words i find challenging, but in a good way. this exercise had me look at page 108 of nine books and cull words from them for a poem. the words were of my choosing, but from a select set. there are choices within limitations.
the words were create (kids), limitations (law), reliance (gardening), bruised (romance), abuse (religion), abandon (bio), relieve (horror), and seized (history).
i feel the limitations of my flesh
the inadequacies of self-reliance
bruises of self-abuse mark my arms
leak through my fingertips
stain these pages
i want to abandon my failing body
give these words relief
my only offering is a seizure