I rolled twice this morning to get this combination...
at first glance this is so obvious as to be boring:
the past is a handed-down act,
and facing the facts,
"the past is a handed-down act"
is not even a very graceful phrase.
but what if we were, as per the directions,
the metaphor using something other than "is"?
the past is not a handed-down act
the past was born a handed-down act
the past considered my mother a handed-down act
the past claimed to be a handed-down act
the past was never a handed-down act
the past turned into a handed-down act
the past thought he was a handed-down act
the past dreamed of being a handed-down act
all true. and then there is the reverse:
"the handed-down act of the past"
ah. I see it now. break and rearrange:
"the act of a handed-down past"
yes, I have certainly been
of a handed-down past.
break and rearrange the past
falls the word iconoclast.
I have certainly been an iconoclast.
was handed down to me
in acts large (march on Washington)
and small (make cassoulet)
march on cassoulet and make Washington
down hands on past acts--
no. enough of the feverish cleverness.
it will be enough just to break
to the fields and be lovely,
bloom for a time.
draft © HM 2018