Day 11: The Cold Is Slipping Away

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And…here’s the part where the practice starts to feel wearying. At least for me. The digging, arranging, and posting. Not the writing so much–just the process of producing the blog. It’s time-consuming, even though I’m spending no more than 5–10 minutes on each actual poem draft. But, as with most things about writing, the more you do it, the more you learn. As the digging becomes more strenuous throughout the month, THAT’s probably when I’ll learn the most from this exercise. Whether I can put it into words or not.

My poem today is about our disappearing ice at our poles. I don’t set out to write issue poems, generally. Just not my jam. But of course our worries and loves, dreams and fears all come popping out into our poems!

Two books immediately popped into my head when I chose Arctic as my topic–both poetry picture books (yay!): Irene Latham’s opposite side of the world book, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica, and Eileen Spinelli’s Polar Bear, Arctic Hare. They’re both such cold delights!

What words will we be digging through today?

And here’s the card that we might pull our topic from:

So some possible topics are:

  1. da Vinci
  2. zip
  3. secret
  4. bar
  5. codes

Will you join in? Would love to see what you come up with!

 

6 Responses

  1. Sad in your poem, sad for real… story disappears. Sometimes the issues are pressing, and the words come out.

    Once my sister gave me a mug with a big red-headed woman (no, I do not have red hair) that says “I could have been anything, but I’m already fabulous!” That’s kinda the inspiration today:

    Fantastic

    An unexpected goddess
    Womanly woman
    Diamond dress
    High pumps

  2. Laura, wow. I love your Arctic poem. “diamondly” is a wonderful word. And the story disappearing is heartbreaking. I’m glad you wrote this issue poem.

    Diane, I love your mug inspiration, and the “unlikely goddess” in the “diamond dress” That is a magical poem! I tried a list poem like your salad, with things our minds can do.

    Fantastic Mind
    Answer surge
    Knowledge flash
    Brain explore
    Unlikely defeat
    Remember story

    1. I like all you attribute to our fantastic minds in your list. Having brainpower to work out answers, discover knowledge and story makes life meaningful.

    2. Thanks, Denise. Ooh, what fun. That list poem structure works really well with the constraints of magnetic poetry. I love that “Answer surge” and “Remember story” especially. <3

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