Poem - A - Day
What's nice about the challenge is that it's not guilt-inducing: he doesn't expect everyone to write a poem every single day. In fact, you don't have to register to join in and you're allowed to just jump in (or out) any time.
I heard about it late, and though I've read his prompts daily, I haven't managed to sit down and write until today. This morning, after a snowy trip to church and Easter lunch out with friends, we came home and my son began working on a poetry project for school. It seemed like a most opportune moment to get around to writing one of those poems!
Today's writing prompt was, "I want you to take the phrase "So we decided to (blank)" and fill in the blank. Make that your title and write a poem." As my inspiration, I imagined what was likely going on in households all over the Colorado Springs area this morning as we awoke to a very snowy landscape. The fact that we live at the foot of Pikes Peak makes our weather very extreme and quite unpredictable at times. I used a technique I'd learned in a poetry class I took recently where you juxtapose the order of words. I think it makes the poetry a bit lighter and playful. What do you think?
So We Decided to Love our Peak
The mountain made the sky forget
it’s April, and Easter, a day for sun
Down snowflakes dropped, thick and wet,
as up we woke, prepared for fun
“Oh no – snow!” we out loud moaned
our yesterday memories clear and bright
We grumpy groused and crabby groaned
that the weather could change over so night
Mother smiled – she wasn’t worried
She had, of course, a plan in mind
So down we piped and up she hurried
To indoor hide hunt eggs to find
Out she shooed, upstairs we waited
and outside gazed from the windowsill
as snowflakes fell on our garden gated
and landed a landscape soft and still
One by one we started to speak
to murmur how it sure looked nice
So we decided to love our Peak
to take good beauty with bad ice
We upped our chins and had a go
at Easter egg hunting in our pjs,
then rode to church in snow drive slow,
and ahead dreamed to sunny May days
It's so much fun to spend time on poetry -- if this sounds good to you at all, I encourage you to pop over to Poetic Asides and try your hand at one of his prompts. If you're not going to write, pop over anyway to read what others have offered!