Buffy at Buffy Silverman is hosting Poetry Friday today. I was excited to see beautiful lady slipper s on her blog and notice of her new book this fall. How exciting.
I recently had the fun opportunity to participate in Spark 51. I asked Linda Mitchell to partner with me on the project. Since we both wanted to send each other an art inspiration piece and a poem inspiration piece, we ended up with four projects. LOL! Today I'm sharing my response to Linda's art inspiration piece. It provided me with the opportunity to delve into Amanda Gorman's Call Us What We Carry for a cento poem.
A cento, a poem created of lines and phrases from other previously written poems like a collage. Like a collage, perfect for the mixed media collage that Linda sent me.
Penning a Letter
Penning a letter to the world as a daughter of it
We are walking beside our ancestors
Every time we fall heart-first into the news,
Life is not what is promised
The heart chambered by grief
Life, a page, we are only legible when opened to another
We rebuild, reconcile, and recover
We cannot possess hope without practicing it
Reading children’s books, dancing alone to a DJ music
We shall only learn when we let this loss, like us sing on & on ~
Call us what we carry
If only we’re brave enough to be it
©jone rush macculloch, 2022
The lines are from Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman, 2021:
1. “Ship’s Manifest
2. ”School’s Out”
7. “The Hill We Climb”
8. “Every Day We are Learning”
9. “The Miracle of Morning”
11. “Call Up”
12. “The Hill We Climb”
Cathy at Merely Day by Day is hosting us and thanking the Poetry Friday community. So glad you are in the community, Cathy.
Molly Hogan of The Inklings, suggested for the December challenge, that we try the cento poem/patchwork poem.
# PoetryPals the December challenge is to write a poem about bells.
After reading MaryLee's cento last week and Carol Varsolana's cento this week, I am jumping in with one about winter's arrival.
Did you know that the CENTO is an historic poetic form, relying entirely on other poets’ published words? According to Linda Black, Ausonius (c310 – c395) was the Roman originator of the form.
For mine, I researched poems about the winter solstice.
When the short day is brightest, with frost and fire
which burns the spark of luminous goodness
when I stare at paper or into silences
the dark, too, blooms and sings,
The world appears very large, very round now
extending far as the moon
A quiet light, and then not even that.
all the singing is in the tops of the trees
which shook in the wind of night
to drive the dark away
One winter I lived north, alone
©jone rush macculloch, 2021
Sources for One Solstice:
LITTLE GIDDING BY T.S. ELIOT
A WINTER SOLSTICE PRAYER BY EDWARD HAYS
SNOW BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
TO KNOW THE DARK BY WENDELL BERRY
WINTER SOLSTICE BY HILDA MORLEY
AN OLD MAN’S WINTER NIGHT BY ROBERT FROST
WHITE-EYES BY MARY OLIVER
THE COLD EARTH SLEPT BELOW BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
THE SHORTEST DAY BY SUSAN COOPER
THE WORLD BY JENNIFER CHANG
2022 New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange
Won't you join us? We have about 10 at the party so far and there's room for more. Sign up for the 2022 New Year Postcard Exchange. Send five, send ten or send to all.
Did you know there are 22 days until 2021 ends? Woohoo! Let's celebrate the New Year with a New Year Postcard? In Japan, it’s called Nengajo, a Japanese custom of ushering in the new year.
How It Works:
A shout out to this book, HOP TO IT edited by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell has won the Kids' Book Choice Awards.
I love this book.
Next week, the Poetry Friday Party is here! I'm hosting. Bring your bells and centos and winter solstice greetings!
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3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
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27 Janice at Salt City Verse
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29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
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