Here is the second of my ‘Chosen Line’ poems for World Poetry Day 2014. The chosen line poems are constructed by choosing a book at random, opening it to a page and then picking a line. The poem is directly below and underneath are the books that they were chosen from.
Night Time Walks
So we set off into the wide snow
refusing to be utterly quieted even by much drinking.
The doleful silence was broken at length by
aloof from actions and their consequences; and all
but the slow street tango had begun
ring the five-minute bell
softly, a sound of wonder
holds me like a cage.
So we set off into the wide snow (pg 190, Dream Days – Kenneth Grahame)
refusing to be utterly quieted even by much drinking. (pg 108, Silas Marner – George Eliot)
The doleful silence was broken at length by (pg 216, Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte)
war orphans (pg 174, Winter in Madrid – C.J. Samson)
aloof from actions and their consequences; and all (pg 119, Walden – Henry David Thoreau)
but the slow street tngo had begun (pg 97, The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller)
ring the five-minute bell (pg 31, The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers)
softly, a sound of wonder (pg 372, The Mists of Avalon – Marion Bradley)
holds me like a cage. (pg 176, The Bridge – Iain Banks)