day fifteen: let us have meandering

January 15, 2017 @ 12:12 pm | Filed under:


My Kindle highlights are a mess because I so often fall asleep reading, and my finger hits the screen and selects random phrases of no consequence like “exactly that. He watched the bird” or “he passes me in his car” or simply “elsewhere.”

Sometimes, later, I read through a string of these accidental highlights and laugh at the crooked little poems they make.

What are you doing? What are you
Let us have no meandering
There’s no point, is there
This is what I see

but she
had been no one
she had
something too
of gaslight shining on
bars of cloud

(Accidental highlights from The Girl on the Train, David Copperfield, To the Lighthouse, Mansfield Park, Passage, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, and Jane Eyre)

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  1. Melanie Bettinelli says:

    Hee. The first thing I thought when I saw the first accidental highlight was that it looked like a line of poetry and I wanted to see the rest of the poem. And then there it was.

  2. Melanie Bettinelli says:

    Also, I love the photo. Dandelions are my one weakness.

  3. Tabatha says:

    Love that you made your sleepy snippets into a poem!

  4. sarah says:

    Oh my, this is wonderful!!

  5. Kortney Garrison says:

    Love this crooked little poem so very much. I’m all about the chance operations these days. Also, that’s quite a collection of source material!