Surrealist Life*

We know what it means to be alive

We know what it means to be dead

We know what it means to be alive

We know what it means to be dead

I’m feeling lively today

Everyone but me is feeling lively today

Everyone but me is feeling deadly today

We are all peaceful tomorrow

We all are enraged tomorrow

Tomorrow will be the happiest day of my life.

 

 

*This poem was created collectively by the class of ENG 210, 20th Century Literature, with Professor Abravanel on April 2, 2014 at approximately 3:45pm. The first line was written arbitrarily, and passed to another person, who wrote down the opposite of that line– whatever they thought the opposite might mean for that line. The first line was then covered so that only the one just written could be seen, and the paper was passed again. This was repeated eight times, and the poem was then revealed as written above.

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