Regret does not have to be
A permanent wall, cold concrete
Built to trap the broken and assaulted.
Do not cultivate terror or fury;
Neither provides healing
For a scarred, bruised soul.
Prune the branches of despair
And open a window to the divine.
Angelic light allows redemption to bloom.
**Process notes** The prompt from Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads was to create a "poetic sketch" using groups of words. You can find more information on this prompt here. Normally, I rely on free writing heavily when writing, but I've started using a similar process when working with the wordle words from The Sunday Whirl. I simply write the words in "Poet's Sketchbook" and then end up with a bunch of squiggly lines tracking how I connect the words. I basically did the same thing with this prompt, only I had several categories of words on the paper and then followed the connections that popped into my head. I realize this sounds just a bit convoluted, so I'll include a couple of photos from my sketchbook that may clarify things.
|This was my attempt at creating a poem sketch as based on the prompt.|
|My poet's sketchbook|
|These were a portion of the notes I used to write my recent poem "A Modern Take on Fairy Tales."|