So, I've heard some fabulous songs come out of this challenge the past couple of years, so I thought I would throw it out there again.
Please post a link to your completed songs here so we can listen to and comment on them.
Take a poem that is in the public domain (copyright free/expired) and collaborate with the dead poet by adding music to their lyrics. I have done this with T.S. Elliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and a 16th century nun named Juana Inez de la Cruz "I Can't Hold You and I Can't Leave You".
With a longer poem, you can edit out stanzas to focus on a certain message, but do not add your own words. With a shorter poem, you can pick a stanza or line for a chorus and repeat it. But, try to stick to the original poem's message and create music that reinforces how this poem speaks to you.