Just before Christmas I was browsing in my local bookshop and I came across a journal called ‘Scribble-out Poetry’. In this journal there are individual pages of sample text from some of history’s greatest works, ready to be blacked out with a marker to form poetry. But what is Scribble-out Poetry? A quick internet search will tell you that; ‘Blackout poetry, Scribble-out poetry, or Erasure is a form of found poetry or found object art created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem.’ As a creative soul, I’m always looking for ways to spark creativity so I decided to try my own hand at marking out text to make poetry…
I was born endowed with excellent parts,
inclined by nature to respect the wise and good and honourable.
I concealed years of reflection,
the world, so profound
restraint and shame,
knowledge relief sorrow and suffering…
I drew steadily nearer to truth
An eye, seeking a lover
brown eyes blue eyes
A love for the owner
Loss and trouble
All others will appear insignificant
Obstacles in your immediate future
To dream of love
beauty is only superficial
not the wonder of wonders
The true mystery of the world is the invisible
But what gods
You have years to live
discover that the memory of your past wanes
Time wars against you
tedious, hopeless life.
A smile. Like marble
could not perceive the living
touched the warmth of her body
complete with all the charm of an illusion
it could not be otherwise.
pretty small proud and perfect
She could love with devotion
weave a romance
she was pretty and lonely.