A Garden of Delights

Day 2 Mini-Poetry Challenge

Posted on: February 14, 2014

I don’t know how long I’ll continue posting these pieces–certainly for the rest of the week of the Poets on the Page challenge.  As I said: the words need.

For day two, Julie Jordan Scott asked people to choose five things they could see from the vantage point of their reading the original challenge post (at least that’s the impression I took from the post).  Then we were to choose one to write a poem about without naming it.

Of my five items (the Green Man, a peacock feather, fossils, rough wood paneling, and old ribbons from chocolate boxes), only one called out for a poem today:

So cold to touch
you warm
as
I trace you
slowly inward.

The saw laid bare youth,
old age,
death,
left points and sharp edges,
bands of color to abraid my fingers.

Now you shine, polished,
smooth peaks,
miniature valleys of ice.

Were you ever so warm
when you yet lived?

If you’d like to see a picture of my inspiration, click here.  Oddly enough, it’s been almost a year since I posted a piece featuring this on my writing blog Many Worlds Many Minds.

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4 Responses to "Day 2 Mini-Poetry Challenge"

That second stanza is breath-taking! I’ll be honest…I loved the stanza but couldn’t equate it to your items…I was wondering if you were writing about the wood paneling somehow though it didn’t seem to fit. THEN I clicked on the link to your inspiration…the fossil…and everything snapped into place. I just hadn’t been thinking that kind of fossil…and wow. And wow. I liked the words from the start but once I saw what you were writing about and saw how perfectly you captured it in your poem, that time-frozen pocket of history, old age and death, and yes. Yes. Loved it!

Thank you, Anna. I’m glad you liked it so much. Comes from the heart… I adore that little fossil. My son helped me pick it out.

A fine craft. Loved it!

Thanks. I wish I hadn’t fallen down on the last two challenges. It was fun.

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