Today’s prompt challenges to write a new poem from a line that strikes you from a book you love. Make that line the title of your poem. Write a poem inspired by the line. Then, after you’ve finished, change the title completely. I randomly chose a book from my bookshelf because each title on my shelf is loved. The line I picked is “the thunder of love (Il Tuono dell’ Amore)” from the book Tomato Rhapsody by Adam Schell.
We were two souls, orderly and relentless
until an orange came between us, rolling.
Our hands reached out as if it were a grenade,
but it was our hearts, playing a game of senseless
squeezed in the chest of the other, howling
for the day when we would be free as blizzards
on the orchard, where this orange is served in half;
nectarine, nectarine, nectarine, of our youthful carafe
trickle, and I shall serve you mine—sweet and glazed.
Let your knife strike in half where this orange lays
and every cupid fences the landmine of our citric raid.
We left the orange untouched and our hearts defenceless.