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A couple of weeks ago, the Poetry Princesses shared poems written to the title “Statues in the Park.” I shared my poem and writing process (via time lapse video) in that post. Today, I thought I’d share one of the other poems that came out of that writing session. This is actually a mash-up of the two acrostics I wrote. I didn’t intend for it to be spooky, really. But then I found this image last week, and it gave the poem a whole new feeling to me. And then Charlottesville happened, and that added a whole new feeling, for me. A sad, despairing new layer. The words didn’t change at all, but the art and then the political context made it feel like a different poem. Now it feels like this poem might be describing how a person in a minority feel like he or she has to behave to survive. Or racists might think I’m writing about the actual statues and what they symbolize and saying even if they’re gone, the racist attitude just has to persevere. Nope! I was just thinking of kids playing hide and seek in the park. It was that simple. I was actually remembering playing Midnight Ghost at my friend Janie Sauerman’s house as a kid. But I couldn’t quite remember the rules to that game well enough to write about it. So I just went with hide and seek. Anywhere, here it is:
To find more cool poetry, check out the Poetry Friday Roundup with Kay at A Journey Through the Pages!