Fly #Poemsketch [Poetry Friday]

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I’ve decided that, for a while, at least, I’m going to share my daily practice poems here when I don’t have another post scheduled. I write a practice poem almost every day. Just a quick thing. Not too polished. Lately I’ve been sometimes making image poems out of them, or scribbling them on Post-It notes, or even trying a bit of drawing (I am NOT an artist). I’ve started sharing them on social media and thought, why not on my blog? I will also be gathering them on my website or on a Pinterest board started for them. I’m still gathering my thoughts about that.

Anyway, this one was inspired by a very noisy fly in my bedroom.

Fly dive-bombs my ear

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22 Responses

  1. This is great, Laura! I love the accompanying sketch and the imposing size of that fly compared to your words. I’ve had similar experiences with a nighttime cricket lately, though at least he’s just loud and not actively dive bombing!

    1. Those pesky little “devils” deserve all of the “d” words in your poem. I think my dog hates them worse than I do. Even with his arthritic hips he can jump three feet in the air, from a prone position, growl and try to swat it. It will be interesting to see what happens if he ever downs one.

  2. Love the idea of writin a poem on a post it and making it a poem sketch. Definitely want to try this with my 5th graders

  3. Love this idea…and love the poem. I like the idea of it being a snippet of everyday life, because who hasn’t been bugged by a bug of some sort, at bedtime or any other time. I wrote an acrostic once about poems…here it is:
    and I feel like your PoetrySketch has done just that. Embracing a moment in your day. 🙂 I’ve got to be more aware of these moments as I need to stretch/sketch more in my own life.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Love that, Michaela! That’s exactly what my little daily bits are meant to do. May I have permission to share your poem, with your byline of course, in the spots online where I describe what I’m trying to do with my poemsketches? No worries if you’d rather I not.

  4. I love the imposing fly next to your little poem. The other week, I thought my husband was brushing my arm in the middle of the night…I look over and he’s facing away from me. I jump up and turn the light on to find a big ole bug crawling down my arm. Talk about a destroyer of dreams.

  5. This poem made me laugh (but wouldn’t in the middle of the night!) I love that you do these quick poems every day-(I hope to be that disciplined when/if I grow up.)

  6. We have so few flies in Denver, really! But I remember well that buzzing when I lived in Missouri! I love that you’re trying the sketching, too. This is great!

  7. Great practice, Laura. The only thing worse than a fly disturbing sleep, in my books, is a mosquito:

    Midnight siren
    Mosquito helicopters
    somewhere near my face.

  8. I always found I was at my creative best when I was in a month (or months) of poetry of some sort. There is so much to be said for a poem-a-day. Enjoy!

  9. Now that the school year is well and truly up and running again, and my exercise routine is in place, I’m looking forward to restarting my writing routine. I wrote TWO poems this morning…yay, me!

    1. Practice poems are awesome! And I have no drawing/painting talent, so it does take more courage to share those. But hoping to inspire others to play with words or whatever form of art calls to you:>) Thanks, Kay.

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