And then things got really weird

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!

 

we pack

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

 

proper gnats

back now, call, say,

we plundered

just play

 

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.

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