Happy Poetry Friday. Thank you to Amy at The Poem Farm for hosting today. Stop by and read about her Pick-a-Proverb project for April. You can also read a lot of other poetry delights by others.
With each swing of the
hammer, I have more respect
for carpenters and
painters and builders.
I would much rather stop and
look up at that sky.
The prompt for the poem above was called “Look Up” by Chiara Hemsley.
The photo below came from Twitter. When I saw this image on Twitter, posted by Kevin Rothrock, a journalist in Russia, I thought of the mosaic of this young person’s life and all the choices that have brought them to this place in life. According to Rothrock and commenters, the translation on the back of the coat says, “This is my grandfather’s coat. During WWII, he starved as a child in occupied territory. Why do the gruesome themes of [those] long-ago stories echo in my time? I feel pain and I’m scared. I don’t want war!”
Grandchild of promise hopes for
a future of peace and gets
remnants of terror, for we
The prompt for the above was for a Mosaic Poem offered by Wendy Everard.
Generations linger and then go
The years with you flew, Grandma
My mom was young, just 43
When my sister was due. Grandma?
Yes, she was a grandma many times
Over. 25 years later, still a new Grandma
Now her grandchildren are grown
My sister siblings too: grandmas
It’s Denise’s turn soon to join the club
Precious baby, I love you, Grandma
The poem above is an attempt at a Ghazal poem, prompt by Wendy Everard.
During April we will start a month of writing poems at Ethical ELA called #verselove. You are welcome; sign up here.