Monday, July 31, 2017

LEARNING POETRY IDEAS

In one workshop I attended led by Oregon's Poet Laureate Emeritus Paulann Petersen, she gave us a challenge to think of different ways to describe something, and the two I picked from a list were whirlpool and mist.  

TO THE WHIRLPOOL
Liquid hurricane tickling across stones,
the laughing, spinning, dizzy
roller coaster for leaves and twigs;
a merry-go-round for daring frogs.

MIST
A shroud upon hillsides and mountains,
a painter creating ghostly silhouettes of grand firs
in mottled shades of grays,
creating depth, softening landscape.

MIST IS…
a million dandelions flooding the sky,
a softened surfing cloud,
a smoky blanket obscuring fields
dispersed where roads cut through.



Do they put a picture in your mind?
Do you see the thing described?
Paulann loved them.


12 comments:

  1. Yes, they help you create the perfect picture in my mind. No surprise Rose, you are very gifted!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. So kind of you. Means a lot, thank you!

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  2. These are great. Hope you are staying cool in this hot weather!

    xo Dianne

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    1. Thank you! Yes, trying to be a cool senior!!

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  3. Lovely, Rose! Your poems certainly fire up the imagination and paint a beautiful picture! xx Karen

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  4. I enjoy your poetry each time you post! Thanks for sharing...Chris

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  5. Love your poetry. Whirlpool also used to remind you of the clouds spinning and moving across the sky making them shape animals and hurry them along. You used to think the different colors and shapes were someone painting. Remember?? Mom

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  6. so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us. I love "a million dandelions flooding the sky". Have fun writing more!

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