Two of my professors asked me to read the poem in class the next day. It was a weird time for everyone involved.
The original version was a pretty random mish-mash of words and phrases; in other words, it was exactly what you'd expect from a magnetic poetry contest. But the one line that the contest judge kept repeating, the one line that i think won me my prize, was a line that stuck with me.
I won't share the original version here, because i do have some pride. But now, two years after my glorious victory, i have edited it almost beyond recognition. Only one line remains. There is still a lot of work to be done, but at least it's something now, instead of word salad.
there is a throbbing in my bones:
i am in reckless pursuit
of the essential perhaps
nothing is as seductive
it is the only certain alchemy
turning disappointment to hope