In an ongoing series, the editors, former contributors, and readers of Eclectica have been invited to write a poem containing four pre-chosen words. The words for this issue are sacred, passport, lion, and echo. Below are the resulting selected poems.
If you would like to participate in the next special poetry assignment, the four new words are suture, obnoxious, carton, and testament. Send your poem(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2004.
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Two Word Poems
There is one memory he never speaks of:
the cry that echoes down the alley of his spine
and makes him foreign on his own five acres.
After the Puma
The puma has seen
into the flaming heart of lightning
J.P. Dancing Bear
Sleep does not speak your home language—
maps with pastel borders you cannot cross
This is how shamans follow
a ladder out of their bodies,
climb the drumbeat that looks
back at their echoing hearts.
Coming Home: A Cinquain
of the old hymns
Deborah P. Kolodji