Found Poem: Drop by Drop (Cento)


Patience is the women’s key to heaven

this beauty is of earth

ain’t no plastic here


it was in them eyes

that this story was floating

the part that has no rest, no sleep, no peace


didn’t know that each woman had cried

words out her eyes


my pride writes of the first time

soaked in words that have

nothing to do with anything


I know my ancestors are with me

how could we know

that our mothers

were before us?


(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2015

I have been assured by Suheir Hammed who wrote those lines in her memoir, Drops Of This Story that it’s OK to arrange them into a poem. She was the one who explain this genre to me.  In fact she wrote:

your poem/found in words i wrote/remembered all that time ago i write them for you/for today/habibti/thank you/i’m honoured and miss you and am right now sending you love.  one  (signed) s

Thank you, Suheir.  Love, Mx

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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10 Responses to Found Poem: Drop by Drop (Cento)

  1. All right – somewhat adequate :)


  2. Is the poem above hers, or your rearrangement of it?


  3. I’m not sure I know what’s going on here Mary. I can’t link what Suheir wrote with your poem above??


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