The assignment was to write a poem "consisting of two simile strings, three Ezra Pound couplest, and two 'saying things' stanzas." Meaning, copy the style and inspiration of other poets and hack it into a lousy piece of your own.
However, I kind of like what I did. It's formula based, yes, but not that bad, it seems to me.
So here, I share it.
Say treason, say tragedy, say ridiculously uneccessary
Once we were chatterboxes, radios that never turned off, static and continuous background noise
Cigarettes rested between our fingers
Little buzzing transmissions between matching antennae
Say silence, say I miss you, say over and done
Once we held hands in the summer, like the tense cables on bridges, like the husband who braces his belaboured wife’s arm
Now there are blank letters, never sent or read
Like the sand’s declarations of love erased by the tide