Day 27: Smaug Returns

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Well, friends, I’ve totally dropped the ball. We’ve been dealing with a lot of things at my home this month, both wonderful and not wonderful. And I not only missed my live writing call with my Poetry Sisters, I didn’t even write our poem this month. This was supposed to be in the style of Pablo Neruda. I’m barely staying afloat with writing and life things. Make sure to check out what they’ve done, though. I’ll add links as I get them, though their posts probably won’t go live until Friday.

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We’re in the final stretch of Poetry Month. Whew! It’s honestly been a struggle to keep up this year. I’m exhausted. But I’m ready for the last few days. Let’s do this! 

There were just too many vicious words in yesterday’s tiles NOT to do dragon as my topic! And for the second or third time of this month, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were what filled my mind. I was picturing Smaug destroying Dale. I know there are lots of delightful contemporary dragon picture books–but, honestly, this one is just Smaug, and that’s it.

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. flat
  2. percussion
  3. sharp
  4. rest
  5. music

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

And thoughtful Ruth at There’s No Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town has this week’ Poetry Friday Roundup. It’ll be lovely to see how everyone’s Poetry Month is wrapping up. <3 I’ll be making the rounds this weekend.

20 Responses

  1. Fierce dragon in your poem! We appreciate your being here for National Poetry Month to inspire us.

    Here is my poem:


    Ideas spark
    Light up darkness
    Lead me on

    1. Oh, this is fabulous, Diane! Lead me on–yes! I appreciate YOUR being here and playing along!

  2. Diane, beautiful metaphor in your fire for a great life. “Ideas spark” and “lead me on” are my favorites.

    Wow, Laura, you captured that dragon for sure! Again, we were on the same wave length with the title, but your poem is magical, with that one dive:

    Gurgle ancient darkness
    Display crusty thunder
    Reveal sparks

    1. Ooh, Denise, that gurgling ancient darkness! I’m picturing your poem as Act I and mine as Act II. That crusty thunder feels like he’s still in the mountain or underground, bellowing!

  3. Anything to do with Smaug & Tolkien pleases me, Laura! I’m sorry for so much going on in your life in April (of all months!) but your challenges have been fun when I could find time to write for them. Thanks for keeping on!

  4. Sending you wishes for rest and a sunny outlook. I know MN has had a tough spring, I hear about it from friends and relatives. Thanks for this challenge!

  5. “one dive sprays red thunder”–whoof! Maybe April is a dragon this year. Wishing you and yours well, Laura.

  6. Percussion

    You can fiddle
    You can blue
    You can speak
    Tear free, elaborate
    Go summer cold
    Train fast and long.

    The dragon poem is wonderful, Laura. It would be good accompaniment to the book Dragons Love Tacos! I took the prompt and ran with it. So much fun. Thank you.

    1. I adore the freewheeling feeling of this, Susan! Something about “Go summer cold” just calls to me, even while my brain can’t quite grip it. Thanks for playing!

    1. Thanks, Anastasia! This is one of the lucky days where there’s some cohesion in the words. Other days, it’s utter nonsense!

  7. Laura, that dread and darkness is so ominous! I hope whatever you’re facing that light in spirit and in life returns soon. On a very happy note, I just received my copies of FINDING FAMILY and ZAP! CLAP! BOOM! and they are beautiful. I’ll hope to post a little social media boost with photos (after family leaves this weekend).

    1. Oh, thank you so much, Patricia, on all counts. I’m so glad you like them!

  8. Sending some solace your way to cool down the fierce dragon–what a powerful image, my months been too busy too…

  9. Laura, I understand that life interrupts often but when it’s time for writing, the blues chase away. I stopped by on Friday and started thinking of a poem to compose for your challenge. I never added my comment because I fell asleep. Now, I am back pondering on the word rest. If I can find all the words to compose a short poem, I will send it to you. Take care of yourself.

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