The Last Kiss- Found poem

 

The layout of my poem goes:

 

Symmetry.

Good deeds and sin,

Light and dark

To the kisses I got

My mother

Kisses were passionate moments

Intrinsic

Kisses contained potent medicine

Intrinsic

Next to my father,

Twice kissed,

Safely to bed.

 

Half smile,

Missed kiss

Too vague

Not counterbalanced

Kisses felt different.

 

Kisses were passionate moments

Good deeds and sin,

Kisses contained potent medicine

Light and dark

 

 

 

This short story “The Last Kiss” by Ralph Fletcher It was unique as it showed the effects of time and change. Overall, this short story was a great read and it was very deep in meaning.

 

To start with, the icons. At the top of the short story, i added an icon of a person (representing the main character) sleeping well. In the bottom, i added an icon of a person not snoozing. This was meant to show how well the character felt about sleeping before and after the book.

This poem was rearranged to show the contrast of the life of this character before and after the conflict. The first word I chose was symmetry. I built on this concept of being equal by relating it to the kisses the main character receives from his mother and father.

In the next few sentences, I mentioned how important the kisses were to the main character, and the importance and value held in each one every night. I then used the lines “Kisses were passionate moments” and “Kisses contained potent medicine” to show the bond that he had with his parents. The words passionate and potent showed how much he cared to the character and how it had become a daily routine in his life.

In the second stanza of the found poem, I showed the conflict, not being able to receive kisses from both of his parents. I used words such as “different” and “not counterbalanced” to show the missing part of his intrinsic self and routine, kisses from his father.

The last stanza of the poem correlates to the last paragraphs of the story, where the character reminisces the kisses from the father and wonders if the kisses will discontinue entirely. I restated the four lines from the exposition of the poem and story and rearranged them in a way that reminds the moments and importance of the kisses.

This poem was structured following the timeline of events in the actual story and each reference correlates to a previous stanza of change in conflict.

 

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Link to author: Ralph Fletcher

Link to public info: Ralph Fletcher