Cento (collage poem)
Source Text: The Outdoor Life of Children
Wonder and admire —
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow,
from the ploughing of the land
to the getting of the crops.
By-and-by there is fruit.
Meadow and pasture,
clover, turnip, and corn field.
Some lovely flower or gracious tree,
the movement of branches,
shadows of boughs making patterns
on the white tablecloth.
Hum of bees.
Shines forth the blushing flower
to blossom —
to germinate —
to bear fruit —
Milkwort, eyebright, rest-harrow, lady’s bedstraw,
willow-herb, every wild flower.
Break off an elder twig in the spring
— describe the leaf
— the manner of flowering
— the dangling catkins
— rough or smooth leaves
— rough or smooth bark
Stare up into a tree or down into a flower
tender and living sculpture.