In recovery news: I’ve been good! Better. Normal life resumes in a week. We did have to cancel our travel plans for Thanksgiving, unfortunately, but the bright side is that there’s always next year.
The last time I went out was when I stopped by Target after going to the doctor that day I got my rest orders. It was funny… I had to ask a young Target employee a question and then apologize for my low and raspy voice when I realized that I was barely comprehensible. She replied, “That’s okay. Were you screaming at a concert last night?”
I was vaguely pleased that someone would think I’d been screaming at a concert rather than recovering my voice from laryngitis.
Anyway, I wanted to share a poem today, but something different.
I have an old and intermittent habit of browsing Craigslist’s Missed Connections section for its wonderful, quirky lines of poetry left by people who don’t realize that they’re poets. Just scanning the first lines down the entry list reminds me of the Exquisite Corpse exercises we did in my graduate creative writing program.
I thought it would be interesting to put together a little Exquisite Corpse poem authored by strangers who left these first lines on Craigslist. I copied a random line, pasted it in, then quickly scrolled to another line (without thinking of the previous line) and copied it to paste in after the first, and so on. I grouped the lines into couplets, but I changed nothing. I didn’t add or take away punctuation marks or caps. I left the wording alone. All I did was copy, paste, and group the lines in twos.
The result… a poem written by strangers:
Missed Connections Exquisite Corpse
Tammy plus 20 years ago
I miss our connection
Cowboy in St. John’s…
Noticed each other driving, said what’s up
You were drunk, dressed like a unicorn and hopping on one leg
Spirit Halloween store Salvador Dali
Looking for the DJ from the Freakshow
Neon on a Friday
At the airport…
back after long summer
The girl with the pink hair
queen creek blonde pink streaks
Looking for girl at Wild Horse Pass
Your car broke down. You used my phone.