Another mad month of mad poetry, offered by The Found Poetry Review for NAPOMO 2016!

Today’s prompt is from Patrick Williams, who has built a nifty prompt generator for participants to play with.

The one I have chosen is the following: Find fifteen words from these two pages to begin the lines of a (fifteen-line) poem entitled "Driftwood & Chronology."

Except that when I clicked on the page link I got nowhere much apart from: “This item is not available online ( Limited - search only) due to copyright restrictions.”
There were at least 15 words available on that page, so there we go:

Driftwood & Chronology

Bottom arcane mysteries or an excess of rouge lost in
specific depictions dancing off restored walls
matching – or not - forgotten words in a dead language

To presume upon the past in the Villa of Mysteries
can cause dizziness and much confusion
especially if seeking definite answers in shrouds of ashes

Due diligence or manners venture out, disappear
to seek solace in the absence of sense and light
Limited meanings to flickering shadows of the past

This madness is open to so much interpretation
Help and books differ, bicker and disagree,
Learn to look over and past a dead god’ shoulder

Restrictions are announced on a nearby sign though
Inside the sanctuary madness is worth more than words
The broken reflections of our dying sun yet another twist

For some reason, the prompt taking my mind back to a recent visit to Pompeii...

Villa dei Misteri


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