Poetry Friday, Week 45: A Poem Draft
Today, Buffy at Buffy Silverman is hosting our poetry community. She's sharing a sneak peak at Laura Purdie Salas' new book, Finding Family.
Last week, Heidi shared that Nov 14-20, 2022 is Folk Tale Week. Read about it at my juicy little universe. There are some wonderful prompts.
Today, I'm sharing a little draft that I played with for Folk Tale Week (hope fairy tales count).
On Halloween, I shared this house as an inspiration for a 2017 poem, "The Dare".
I have been taking a class with Georgia Heard and Rebecca Kai Dotlitch about swerving in poetry. I was playing with a prompt about giving directions to my house (which was up the street from this spooky house) that weren't really directions. I was also thinking about something I did as a child, pretend that all fairy tale characters lived in the hallway to the bathroom and that I had access to them at night.
Here's the poem:
Leave a Message
Ride a unicycle up the hill,
past the witch’s house, the one casting neighborhood spells
Find the girl with the fairy tale lane
in her bedroom, where she sleeps
Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Briar Rose,
her co-conspirators of her dreams
Leave the girl a message
written in the spindrift from last night’s storm
under the branches of the protective oak
She will respond when the moon sleeps
© draft, Jone Rush MacCulloch, 2022
WINNER: Marcie Flinchum Atkinslink of The Poem Forest. Please let me know your address via macrush53 at yahoo dot com.
Next week, please join me as I share an interview with Rebecca Brock, author of an adult collection of poetry, Each Bearing Out.
I know Rebecca from Laura Shovan's February Poetry Group on Facebook. She just published this wonderful collection about motherhood and the natural world.
This might be a good time to say that I am alway open to doing interviews with new poetry books, I love getting the word out about books and poets
11/11/2022 01:48:26 pm
I think spindrift is my new favorite word! Nice how you tied those coconspirators into your girl's dreams.
11/11/2022 06:19:20 pm
Lovely, Jone. I love the imagery of riding a unicycle and weaving together the house and your childhood imaginings.
11/12/2022 05:52:21 am
This poem definitely has a dreamy fairytale feel to it! I love the backstory!
11/12/2022 09:30:32 am
Jone, Thanks for sharing your work in progress poem about swerves in poetry. It sounds like an interesting concept! I especially like the following lines.
11/12/2022 01:32:23 pm
Jone, I just love knowing that you "pretended that all fairy tale characters lived in the hallway to the bathroom and that I had access to them at night" What shenanigans you must have gotten up to! Were you not sometimes scared, or were only the kinds ones allowed in your hallway? Your poem has a very dreamland/folktale slippery logic feel to it. I'm excited to see what you think of EACH BEARING OUT--I have it too!
11/15/2022 03:32:42 am
Jone, I love how you used a memory from your childhood to write this poem. It is wonderful when we can access our childhood. Your title grabbed me, and I like how you repeat "message" in your fifth line. Your last two stanzas speak to me. Love written in spindrift
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