From the New York Times

Found Poetry  Competition

April 30, 2010, 8:32 am

Found Poem Favorite | ‘Abandoned Prophets’

Today’s poem, chosen from nearly 200 submissions to our Found Poem Student Challenge, comes from Yiyang, who is 16 years old and lives in Winchester, Virginia.

The sources this poet used, all about Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road,” include:

Abandoned Prophets
“There is no later, this is later.”
Nuclear war, environmental disaster?
Marked by unnamed, wretched, cold corpses,
They move down the road through hell,
Father and son are among the righteous minority,
Mother took a bullet, out of a loss of faith,
With extraordinary tenderness, “Carrying the fire.”
Keep the boy alive,
His Golden Chalice, “I will kill anyone who touches you.”
Little more than flesh on bones, but alive,
They keep walking through a land of fragile decency,
The end is near, Man coughing blood,
And so he falls,
But goodness will find him, goodness will find them.