It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out Carol Varsalona’s blog, Beyond LiteracyLink, to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.
So I learned something valuable today. Always read your poetry out loud. I have just a short window in the afternoons to work while my son is napping. Add a sick 7yo home from school and that time shrinks even more. I had a goal to finish a particular poem and send it off for a contest today. I worked and reworked the poem until I had it where I thought I wanted it. The meter was decent, the rhyme scheme worked. So, after one final (silent) read through, I sent it off.
Feeling pretty good, I was excited to read it to my husband when he got home from work. Let’s just say that the rhythm that I thought I had created was all over the place, and that’s putting it nicely. Ah well live and learn. But you betcha I’ll be reading things out loud more often!
The February Poetry Project starts next week, but we all started with warm ups today. The project’s theme is “Ekphrastic at Home”. Members will take turns posting an art piece found in their own homes and everyone will write a poem based on how the piece inspires them. My goal is to not miss a single day in February. Below you can find my poem for today’s warm up.
|Oil on Canvas by Joy Dickson|
Response to Portrait by Joy Dickson
My world grows dim
Like an oil slick
Suffocating life and light
Until no hope is left
But her soft touch
Skims cross the pain
Removing greasy darkness
Till rays of hope return
(c) Rebecca Herzog