The day job has sadly got in the way of my efforts on the poetry front for this month but I'm back for today's prompt from Greg Santos. He provided 4 prompts and I chose the first, Dialogue with Ghosts, which requires you to 'find an audio recording of a dead poet or musician. Play the recording. Start writing words that jump in your head, lines of your own. Write a 10-14 line poem using the words you jotted down, either in response to the original poem/song or a completely new piece'.
I chose a recording of TS Eliot reading The Hollow Men. (There was another clip on YouTube with a reading but the music added as background was particularly annoying). I have never read or heard this poem before and here is my response:
No more than scarecrows crucified in the arid wastes
we stand, a shadow army,
husks of humanity close to the void
although our voices are but rippling murmurs,
a sentinel song drifting unheeded
past the hanged man, the gallows man
staring with dreamless eyes into the abyss
the Forlorn Hope, leading the way to oblivion,
to the long and starless night
And we wait
For Hell’s conscription papers
… conscientious objections not optional
A writer - I think that says it all.