For today’s prompt, write a casting poem. Casting can take on several meanings, including casting a spell, casting a line (such as in fishing), casting the actors in a play, and I suppose even the act of creating a cast.
A POET’S INCANTATION
An incantation to bring divine inspiration
To pen marvelous poems without any hesitation.
It is time to unbind your mind,
Now carefully… recite each line:
A grain of salt, a grain of sand,
A grain of honesty from an honest man.
A tear from a phoenix, a tear from a dove,
A tear from someone’s recent broken love.
The sight of the blind, the hearing of the deaf,
The riches of a poor man who has nothing left.
A drop of blood, a drop of rain,
A drop of your worst remembered pain.
A shot of lies, a shot of truth,
A shot to your heart when it wasn’t bulletproof.
The pin prick of a needle, the slice of a razor blade,
The memories of every single mistake you ever made.
The love of a friend, the hate of an enemy,
The heated intensity of a lover’s jealousy.
The eyes of a hawk, the ears of an owl,
The omniscient presence of an all-knowing power.
The barbs of a quill, the smear of spilled ink,
The paper that awaits the thoughts that you think.
From the top of my head, to the soles of my feet,
I now declare this spell complete.
Several seconds passed, and then several more,
I didn’t feel anything, just the same as before.
The words were correct, my intentions direct,
And yet… the spell did not take effect.
Time went by before I realized,
It wasn’t the incantation, it was me… inside.
I failed to see the natural ability
To express myself openly and freely.
And then suddenly, it dawned on me,
Like a voice that spoke directly to me:
There is no magic in the spell you cast,
Because whatever inspiration you seek…
you already have.
Copyright © 2013 Andrew Hildreth