If survivors become all about the responders,
relatives become all about the marathons.
While we contend over the anniversary of Tuesday,
sweet or grown-up dandy tributes, sugary sorrow
with or without victims, and so many other pride-cities,
we adapt to just living together, a what-have-you resilience
of faces to name the tricky terror, the fruity attack.
But we raped the juicy crisp day, murdered more places.
We convicted an audience of invitations to adopt
your chewy lines. We assist with wounds. Nobody
accepts them late. Have vivid ceremonies with the courage
of weather—applause, evening and tributes—and suddenly
they struck a policy worth requiring. Insurmountable,
for a pink area, we gained a backpack—possession—
entered with a sparkling hoax, the device of peace. Bright
nostalgia intends to spring conduct, while different bombs
occupy a pasteurized precaution. Finally, we regulate raw,
ruled from the frothy moments of leadership. Fighting
with nice tragedy, gratitude and a fire of candy-like runners;
this hope, a spectators’, can achieve its own instant spirit.
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Ladman, Alison. “The Bright Sides.” U-T San Diego 16 April 2014: E1. Print.
Lavoie, Denise. “Boston Marks Bombing Anniversary.” U-T San Diego 16 April 2014: A3. Print.
Locke, Michelle. “Sweet Pairing for Grown-Up Easter Treats.” U-T San Diego 16 April 2014: E5. Print.
Prompt: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16: CHIMERA
The chimera of Homeric legend – lion’s head, goat’s body, treacherous serpent’s tail – has a less forbidding Oulipian counterpart. It is engendered as follows. Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.