I feel peace today. How to achieve this feeling?
Challenge 18: “First, find a poem in a book or magazine (ideally one you are not familiar with). Use a piece of paper to cover over everything but the last line. Now write a line of your own that completes the thought … Now move your piece of paper up to uncover the second-to-last line of your source poem, and write the second line of your new poem … Keep going, uncovering and writing, until you get to the first line of your source poem.”
It sounds much more complicated than it was. My poem was Peace by Henry Vaughan from my old study book English Poetry (which I obviously never studied in full since this poem was totally unfamiliar to me). It is also available online here.
How to achieve peace
My life, my cure.
I am the one that always hears the signs
the only one that can keep me safe.
I am to stay away from shooting ranges,
my fortress and the easy ways.
I am the rose that cannot die.
If I do it, the peace will grow.
If I don’t do it
if I die for his sake
succumb to pure love
my soul will be awakened
and he, a benevolent friend,
will rule and manage the beauty
of the one who was born on the farm
in peace and only with a smile for riches
while the noise and dangers stay above it.
The wars rage elsewhere
while he, the winged one, keeps guard
far away where the stars end
where there is a country for my soul.