"Flushing The Eye With Light" came out of a poetry exercise using Mark Wunderlich's poem "Once I Walked Out."
In the exercise I borrowed Wunderlich's final line "flushing the eye with light," and used it as my first. I the took down the final words in every line and used them to start each line of my own poem, keeping the original form of mid-sized free verse couplets.
The line that I borrowed is stylistically much different than my own writing style (it's soft and natural while I tend to go with campy character comedy) and the single words I borrowed forced me to write in a lot of other natural elements. It's definitely a poem I would never have written without the exercise.
Anyway, here it is:
And for contrast, here is the text of Wunderlich's poem:
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