2 DFABW – Intention

2 August 2022 – Two Writing Teachers

My life is sometimes like

melting ice cream–

soft and sweet

and limited in its longevity.

When life overwhelms me,

rather than give up

and thaw out,

I choose to live and savor every drip.

Each day I realize life is a delicious delight

to slurp up and savor.

Image by Ralph from Pixabay

During each day in the months of August and September, I am responding to a different word from Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. Today’s word is Intention. Charles Waters wrote a poem about living intentionally using weather as a metaphor. I used some of his sentence starters for my poem today. A small group of people wanting to make the world a better place are reading and responding together. Join us! Visit Common Threads: Patchwork Prose and Verse by Kim Haynes Johnson for more information. Here is the word list I’ll be following for August and September.

4 thoughts on “2 DFABW – Intention

  1. I love the language in this piece. A few favorites: “live and savor every drip” and ” life is a delicious delight / to slurp up and savor.” It brings such perspective to the drips. We can see them as a mess-maker or we can see them as the best thing about the moment! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Denise, I love the metaphor you use and the lines that Morgan chose. Dripping ice cream cones seem to be slurpy messes this summer. The humidity is still high and the heat is sometimes too hot to enjoy the outdoors but summer is a smoothie delight.

  3. I was intrigued by your teaser of “life like melting ice cream”. The metaphor fits, especially when viewed through the lens of “life is sweet”. As we enter what may be another difficult school year, I will try and remember to savor the drips!

  4. Denise, your perspective on the sapping of our energy into this metaphorical ice cream melting is a perfect image to draw on when we have given our all for the day and are down to the drippings. I love that line “delicious delight
    to slurp up and savor.”
    It’s perfect for these times! Thank you so much for sharing your blog posts on the Padlet each day. I get so much out of your posts. Charles Waters is only an hour and fifteen minutes away and we hope to work out a visit to our school to talk about the book!

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