Thursday, October 6, 2011

Opposites by Jay Bonti, remixed by Sarah Shulman, Green Hill, and Renee Waller

Two weeks ago, Jay Bonti gave his class a poem entitled "Opposites." He was ready for revisions, but maybe not as many as he's going to get — fourteen of them, if everyone in the class does their own version. The only rule is not to put in any new words. Words can be taken out, and everything else is changeable. 
Here are three remixes of Jay's poem. The original, you ask? It's gotta be somewhere...look for it here soon.


by Jay Bonti / Sarah Shulman

Every day, sometimes, 
almost always, sometimes, 
I think of you.  

We can accomplish anything, 
Being "us" is the reason. 

Day becomes night,
night becomes day.
Here we still stand.

Different pieces of everything, 
clustered within, come out
during times of rejoicing.

Us. We have peace.  
We live in a world of opposites, 
but you and I are not one.

Every day by Jay Bonti / Green Hill

I spend every day with you
Sometimes, almost always
I think of you

We swim in the sun
Ants march between our toes
Watch out gentle giants
I caress your hair so lush
I peer over
Your tops untied
Sweat rolls down your spine
night and day become one
and moon and sun

There’s an opposite to everything
There’s an opposite of everyone
I am my own ransom

As by Jay Bonti / Renee Waller

As I caress your hair, to the touch so lush,
the smell, so sweet
it could be a crush.

As day and night become one,
everything has an opposite.
Are you mine?

As I look into your eyes, 

I see the sun rise
against the starry night,

and we are still together.
We can accomplish anything.
Everything is possible because of us.

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