Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
In thinking about my word of the year–essential–I realized I had written a poem not too long ago that connected with that. This was part of Carol Varsalona’s Autumn Palette Gallery–a collection of lovely images and words/poems from autumn. Here’s my piece in the gallery.
And here I am reading it on Soundcloud:
I hope you’ll go enjoy the rest of Carol’s gallery (if you missed it in the year-end-hoopla like I did), and don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Keri at Keri Recommends today. She’s talking about Elizabeth Gilbert there, and, coincidentally, I posted recently on my blog for writers about a story shared by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you’re interested in Be the Lobster, click here.
Matt Forrest Esenwine says
Looks like we’re both sharing poems from Carol’s gallery today, Laura! I like the starkness (in form and imagery) of your poem.
Thanks, Matt! I love what you shared. I’ve never seen that photo, and your words were just right for it!
Matt Forrest Esenwine says
Thank you, Laura!
Laura, I do love this poem, the way the words play with each other & the image. Thanks for the shoutout, my friend.
Linda Baie says
Carol’s gallery is a great reminder of our glorious autumn this year, isn’t it? I do love your “bald bone and twig”, Laura, that “aftermath”.
Autumn was a grand season this year and I am glad that we all celebrated together.
Thank you, linda!
This reminds me of John Updike’s poem “November,” which I read with my students back in November. Lovely!
Oh, what a lovely poem. Not sure I’ve read that one before, but I love it! I have the calendar on my Amazon wish list and have for ages. Think I’m finally going to have to order it.
Lovely. “what’s under there”ness” is simply brilliant!
Thanks, Mary Lee. I smiled when that phrase popped into my head out of nowhere!
I love this bare bones poem and the image. There is beauty in the bareness. There is beauty in essential. My word “Present” seems to be creeping in to everything I write these days. It must be fitting me just right.
It’s lovely when you find a word that feels already there, sort of, or at least it feels like the world is jumping on board to show it to you everywhere! Thanks, Margaret:>)
Irene Latham says
I am loving the bareness and what’s under there-ness! Thank you for sharing, Laura. xo
Keri Collins Lewis says
“what’s under there”-ness — autumn shows us skeletons in so many ways. I like the combination of your words and art. Liz Gilbert is everywhere! I’ll dash over for the lobster. 🙂
Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says
It’s funny that you and Matt both shared your gallery poems this week, Laura. They were both ones that really stood out for me. I love “fall’s scarlet wig.” I’m still looking for my OLW– I know it’s out there and I’ve been trying on a few, but nothing has felt just right yet.
Myra GB says
Fall’s scarlet wig sounds gorgeous. Great image too, Laura. 🙂