#NaPoWriMo 2016 Day Twelve
Today’s challenge was to write my own index poem. They suggested starting with found language from an actual index or inventing an index. I chose to use random words from a random book on the shelf, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth” by Steven M. Drucker. I feel the poem keeps in the spirit of the book and gives a synopsis for those who haven’t read it. It was interesting how the poem just fell together after I chose the words from the index. Surprising how I ended up enjoying this prompt more than I thought I would.
altered genes, twisted truth
the agent orange of
some alfalfa alleles and beans.
bees that land on bent grass,
birds with birth defects
praying buddhist meditations
over the cauliflower.
a compiler of cotton and cows,
the domestication of ecology
and environment leads to
the faith-based fruit of pure gall–
genomes grafting into hazardous herbicide.
a world gone mad
with the insertion of jumping genes,
a labeling of livestock with markers
published in the media with monsanto.
peas with protein,
the randomness of rennet alternatives
and the rice of salt and soil:
all sources sustainable
without toxicity or tumors or virus.
we discover the twisted truth
after the fact–
whistleblowers be praised.