Oulipost #12: Life Design

Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. (I took liberties with the form – 12 lines for day 12, ababb, ababb, cc)

Life Design

Smoky-mirror, fleeting pretty, humbling sensation

Spaces, ugly, ill-defined, build boring boundaries

Glimpsing perhaps smugness, perhaps solution

Turn, then and focus on the what of what could be

Different angles open artful possibilities.


Odd landings, obstacles, declare the situation

Narrow life becomes no vision, no inspired entry

Gear up, console, project, design mosaic renovation

Ride vast change right along, reverberating to be, to be

Wasted spaces, closed spaces, must become opportunities.


Bury unfamiliar darker years, add a new interior

Cover dreary ugly view, paint today’s new now in color.


Sourced from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 12, 2014. (From Lemons to Lemonade, Marni Jameson)

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops for children and adults. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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3 Responses to Oulipost #12: Life Design

  1. Robert C. Moore says:

    Wow tough assignment good job

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. love that last line – a striking internal rhyme and a twisty way with the words. nice work!

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