“An Opening”, A Cento* by Ethan Onley
Give up to fate, you don’t have to need me
Gonna end up a big ol pile of them bones
I gotta bomb in my temple that is gonna explode
Oh no, I know a dirty word
I am trampled under sole of another man’s shoe
Oh, sweet oblivion feels alright
Slow suicide’s no way to go
How the dog broke your brain
There’s no sex in your violence
I admit it, what's to say? I'll relive it, without pain
*Cento is a form of poetry using lines from other poems, songs, or other published sources. A collage, an act of synthesis. Ethan’s poem is made from the first lines of classic 90’s grunge songs.
Ethan Onley (class of 23) plans on welding after high school.