My daughter was given an assignment in school, to write her own "Where I'm From" poem in the style of George Ella Lyons. Sound familiar? Here's my concoction.
And here is hers. I'm terribly proud of her.
Another in the style of The Spoon River Anthology. Brent suggested this one, and it's taken me quite a while to write it. Once I started googling, the words became clear.
My books came today!!!! AND OMG THEY"RE AUTOGRAPHED!!!
bluesgirly has assembled a couple of awesome books
because she's funny as hell and deserves to be published.
I can't wait to hunker down into them.
Of course Scarlett immediately asked if she could read one, and
I'm so glad to tell her yes, she can INDEED read it, no matter
what she learns, it will be valuable.
My yahoo poetry group provided this prompt last Friday and I have very much enjoyed filling in the blanks and learning about myself.
Thus I am posting it here, and inviting each of you to give it a shot. You certainly don't have to be a writer or poet to complete this meme! It's a lot of fun, so give it a shot and maybe even post the results on your own journal. Or just share them here in comments.
"If you don't know where you're from, you'll have a hard time saying where you're going." Wendell Berry
( My personal concoction.... )
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It made me cry. Tears of joy, I think, or satisfaction. Being validated in such a manner is a moving experience.
To continue with my liberal train of thought, here's a poem from the most recently named United States Poet Laureate, Charles Simic:
Eyes Fastened With Pins
by Charles Simic
How much death works,
No one knows what a long
Day he puts in. The little
Wife always alone
Ironing death's laundry.
The beautiful daughters
Setting death's supper table.
The neighbors playing
Pinochle in the backyard
Or just sitting on the steps
Drinking beer. Death,
Meanwhile, in a strange
Part of town looking for
Someone with a bad cough,
But the address somehow wrong,
Even death can't figure it out
Among all the locked doors...
And the rain beginning to fall.
Long windy night ahead.
Death with not even a newspaper
To cover his head, not even
A dime to call the one pining away,
Undressing slowly, sleepily,
And stretching naked
On death's side of the bed.
I like his imagery. How is this liberal? Well my dad says the Pulitzer Prize is a piece of crap awarded to liberal media like the New York Times for stories slamming our government. Mr. Simic is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his poetry. Since I find myself envying Jhumpa Lahiri her Prize for her short stories, it stands to reason I'd aspire to such. Thus, liberal, no?
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