I took a paragraph from Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River Part I” changed all the words to words that rhymed, and then rearranged the pieces so they made a little sense.
Why did I do this?
I had to write my TWENTY-FOURTH POEM, THAT’S WHY!
mad cur advertised
she earned crumbs
tear now burned, cut
wire shawl frays, sin drove days
giving a hand, rum salve
ensure wrong should bow
back now, call, say,
Original Hemingway paragraph (pg. 136):
He realized that they had all turned black from living in the burned-over land. He realized that the fire must have come the year before, but the grasshoppers were all black now. He wondered how long they would stay that way.