Writings and Witterings


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‘Do you remember “Opposite Day”?’ we were asked on Day 19, ‘… this was an irregularly declared day (usually Wednesdays … but not every Wednesday) in which statements were supposed to mean the opposite of what they usually do. … take a poem that already exists … and rewrite it so that each line is the opposite of the original’.

Hmmm, interesting, I must have led a sheltered life … I’ve never heard of ‘Opposite Day’.  I’ve chosen Emily Dickinson’s short poem Hope and almost feel I should apologise to her for making something so beautiful into something so desolate …


Despair is as nothing – bare

It lies on the heart –

Whispers of isolation, desolation and hopelessness –

It ceases – at death –

Polly Robinson © 2012


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