For DVerse Poetics, we are using proverbs as inspiration for a poem. I really wanted to write a poem about having one’s cake and eating it too…
but the proverb I ended up choosing was, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I actually wrote this poem about 6 months ago but don’t think I’ve ever posted it, so here you go. Please read “Flash Crimson” by Carl Sandburg, which, aside from that proverb, also inspired this poem.
“I who have seen the flash of this
Give me the last and the worst.”
This means “Bring it, pull no punches
Bitch, I vow to survive, I’ll
Those were Sandburg’s words, which
I have heard in my own heart —
Naivety from the start.
“Give me the last and the worst” —
Was that depression rehearsed for when
I’d get more ill?
What doesn’t kill you makes you
Strongly desire to sleep a lot