The poetry stretch this week was to write a cento using book titles. Here's what I wrote while perusing some of the titles on my bookshelf.
Nobody's FoolHere are the books that make up this cento.
He waits in the secret garden while his
love is lost to the housekeeping.
He knows the name of the rose,
and all creatures great and small.
He meditates on beauty,
and walks where angels fear to tread.
He is the constant gardener,
tending the family orchard while
the sun also rises.
He lives in a brave new world,
without pride and prejudice,
by a thread of grace.
He dreams of Gilead,
the wide Sargasso Sea and
going to the lighthouse,
but dreams blow away
on the shadow of the wind.
He views the world through
an imperfect lens, and knows it's all
one big damn puzzler, but
he believes that life is a miracle and
that the Lord God made them all.
- Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
- Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
- The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
- The Family Orchard by Nomi Eve
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- A Thread of Grace by Maria Doria Russell
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- An Imperfect Lens by Anne Roiphe
- One Damn Big Puzzler by John Harding
- Life is a Miracle by Wendell Berry
- The Lord God Made Them All by James Herriot