Reach down deep inside yourself.
Discover what you need to write.
Carve out only the essential
(nothing extraneous will do) –
only the rawest, most crucial words
that language has to offer.
what seems to be yours to take.
Let it penetrate the pages.
If blood-stained mineral her content,
then you have tasted well.
Poem and image by Sarah Rehfeldt. Please do not copy without my permission.
Published in The Whirlwind Review, issue 1 (2011): http://whirlwindreview.com/archives-of-previous-issues/.
Reprinted in Allegro Poetry Magazine, issue 9 (June, 2016): http://www.allegropoetry.org/p/issue-9.html