The Lost Poem of One “Steve”

Found in Fragments, and
Severely Burned

Fragment 12

Twelve days lost. Rambling.
Wandering through night-
Time to forlorn ruins on
Mysterious mountains. Is

That a voice, somewhere,
In the distance? I hear it
Like the wind that crashes
Against the cave sides I touch
All day. Can I find you there…

… here in [this portion burned]

Fragment 1

I thought of us on that day
When we walked through parks,
Down rock trails that vanished
Into the woods. The way we

Talked of cities in the distance. Of
Storms coming. The sweet
Smell of rain on brittle flower
Buds by quiet streams. You and

I… [the rest unintelligible]

Fragment 23

Then it happened one night
In dry December… fires
On… [the rest is lost]

Posted as part of Dverse Tuesday Poetics

12 thoughts on “The Lost Poem of One “Steve”

  1. Glenn Buttkus January 13, 2016 / 12:05 am

    What a grand poetic puzzle. I guess “fragment poetry” is a form. I really dig it, & would like to write one; my fave, so far out here on the trail. You really rocked the prompt while drenching in shadow, charr & mystery; wow. Hope dVerse uses this form for a prompt one day.


  2. Mary January 13, 2016 / 12:32 am

    You have left us with clues to what I imagine is a totally fascinating tale…if all the fragments were able to be discovered. Smiles.


  3. Grace January 13, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Very mysterious.. . I admire the almost invisible words, in fragments of one’s imagination ~


  4. ghostmmnc January 13, 2016 / 3:49 am

    This poem type in fragments…so good!! It’s like little cliff-hangers that make you want to know more!


  5. katiemiafrederick January 13, 2016 / 4:25 am

    i suppose.. now
    iF liFe iS a soap
    opera.. wow..
    are never
    and alWays
    found.. wInks..:)


  6. Bodhirose January 13, 2016 / 6:05 am

    What a great idea, leaving out parts of your poetry to create intrigue and wonder…I love it!


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) January 13, 2016 / 9:16 am

    When I knew what the prompt was going to be I simple knew your would love it… I thought of your Riddle series and this is quite a new approach. I get reminded of the worlds oldest written epic poem of Gilgamesh… where you are part literature and part archaeology… and for us the readers it becomes a puzzle to fill in the blanks.


  8. navasolanature January 13, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    It is such a good idea and leaves me having to think about the spaces between.


  9. Abhra January 13, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    I like the fragments and such a beautiful way to be lost. Rich and intimate memories – I love this.


  10. Victoria C. Slotto January 14, 2016 / 12:24 am

    You did a great job in raising questions,, in making me beg for more backstory.As I read, you made me think of a book I read about the search for a missing forest ranger. So entrancing.


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