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This month, our Poetry Princess challenge (my choice) was a poem of any kind, mood, or topic to go with the title “Statues in the Park.”
I was on a fabulous trip to the North Shore (Minnesota’s shoreline on Lake Superior) last week, and I meant to maybe think about my poem while I was there. But I didn’t.
So, last Saturday morning, before we went to see the movie Dunkirk, I did a bit of brainstorming and came up with several ideas and the thought that I wanted to try acrostics and free verse poems. [Note: I have played hide and seek, and I have taken pictures with the bronze family in downtown Minneapolis (evidence in the video, in fact!). But the settlers’ cemetery one was not based on anything in particular. I have seen a couple of settlers’/pioneers’ cemeteries over the years. But the idea was just an idea–nothing based on personal experience.] And then I just started writing quickly. In fact, I did a screen capture of the hour and 17 minutes I spent writing four rough drafts. Nobody wants to watch that, though! Here, however, is a time lapse video showing it at 6x the real speed. It’s about 13 minutes long.
I had fun writing them and liked bits and pieces, but wasn’t madly in love with any of them. However, the whole point of our monthly Poetry Princesses adventure is to produce SOME poem. The best poem you can depending on whatever your circumstances are. I try not to put too much pressure on myself!
Sunday morning at church (shh!) I brainstormed a few sensory details I might want to work in:
So, on Monday morning, I picked the free verse one I preferred. The other was just too chaotic and needed way too much work for the time I had! I spent about 20 minutes on two revisions. You can see a time lapse of that writing session below, if you’re interested. (And in less than 4 minutes!)
And here’s that revision, which still needs work, but…there ya go!
Don’t forget to check on the magic that the other Poetry Sisters have made this month! A few of us got to read each others’ versions ahead of time and offer feedback, and it’s always a kick to go see what each one ended up with!
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The Poetry Friday Roundup
And make sure to get your poetry fix by visiting the Poetry Friday Roundup, hosted this week by the wonderful Donna at Mainely Write–and she’s rocking a Padlet! (I love those things.)