Our Poetry Princesses group is writing a golden shovel poem this month (Tricia chose this prompt), and I thought I’d try sharing the process here.
I’ve never written one, and I’ve only read a few! I checked out this post by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes and this one by Laura Shovan (and make sure to follow links in these), and I heard Nikki Grimes talk about her new golden shovel collection One Last Word on a podcast recently (I think All the Wonders), which I have on order and can’t wait to read!
I’m excited to give this a try! I’ve written a few phrase acrostics, which are similar. I enjoyed them, but they were definitely a challenge. Luckily, today, all I have to do is choose my line.
We are each choosing a line from Pied Beauty, by Gerard Manley Hopkins:
Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
From just a language standpoint, the highlighted lines are the ones calling to me, so I will probably choose one of these.
I’ll let you know when I check in with Step 2!