Happy Poetry Friday!
It’s that time again–we Poetry 7 are sharing poems! Last month, we Poetry 7 wrote etherees, which I loved! This month, we tackled ekphrastic poems–all inspired by the same image. Tanita Davis shared this one, which caught our eyes and our imagination right away. I was thinking of a human girl, not a goddess…a girl whose life, through the collision of forces beyond her control or understanding, is a series of tasks necessary for survival. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about both water and literacy, and how, if we could give every kid in the world those two things, this world could be such a different, better place. Anyway, that’s what was in my head as I wrote this.
Cage of the Refugee
dirt defines her
shoulders sag like tents
knees creak the globe
swarm crowds her,
shrouds her in invisibility
key liquids its way
away, slips away
like the rungs of a ladder
she could climb
(if she could only find it)
to rise up
from this life
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved
And, of course, I’ll be linking to the rest of the Poetry 7’s poems as they go live. I’ve only seen a couple of them in advance this time, so I’m interested to see what they came up with and how similar (or dis-) our poems are:>) If you get an error message, that just means their posts haven’t gone live yet. Please try back later!
Here are the previous Poetry Sisters collaborations:
|September 2015||Found poems|
|August 2015||Classified haiku|
|July 2015||Inspired by e.e. cummings’ poems|
|Mar 2015||Sestinas (Lord have mercy)|
|Feb 2015||Villanelles on hidden things|
|Jan 2015||Triolets on beginnings (And I posted an extra one here.)|
|Pre-2015||Villanelles, a crown sonnet, rondeau redoubles, and pantoums|
Katya at Write. Sketch. Repeat. has the Poetry Friday Roundup!