Choose a topic for a poem. If you want, you can use one of these topics: shadows, the rain, dancing, a tree.
Now take a poem or story you’ve written in the past about another topic. Use at least two lines or phrases from that poem or story in your new poem.
The River Gum
Born in an age of innocence
On a brown and peaceful land
By a reedy creek meandering
Through the beds of golden sand
The River Gum stands mighty
And unconquered through the years
Declaring total dominance
Over many ageing peers.
But no longer barefoot people
Light their fires near its base
And harden wooden spear points
So’s to terminate the chase
Now jet trails stream across the sky
And tractors tear the dirt
The modern world consumes the tree
And goes on Red Alert.