This week on the blog we are bringing back the exquisite corpse! A little morbid sounding, this is just a writing exercise where you work collaboratively with another person (or more than one person) to add bits and pieces of language together to make a complete poem (or story, or song, or whatever you’d like!) This week, I was joined by Addey to create a poem over text message. So here it is:
Ship of the Sky
By Nicole McConnell and Addey Vaters
The raindrops fall like heavy boulders onto my shoulders.
No matter how hard I tried to harden myself, they soaked me, not rolling off or crumbling.
All the while I stood still in this eye of the storm you created, not moving, not waiving…
Instead waiting for an outcome I knew wasn’t coming.
But I wasn’t alone, the ocean surrounded me.
The crashing waves matched the crushing doubt consuming my soul,
And from that a ship rose out of the water next to me, the moon its sails, the muted sun its hull, the stars it’s deck
It sprung to life out of the nothingness of the sea as if beckoning me aboard…
A string of stars pulled me up onto the deck,
And the churning wind blew into the sails, propelling me into destiny.