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Hi, everyone! It’s been a rough week with family medical issues, and I escaped into writing a poem this morning.
[Edited to add: The definito form was created by amazing poet Heidi Mordhorst!] I’ve shared some definito poems before that connect to two of my new books, Zap! Clap! Boom! and Finding Family. I’d link to those poems and the books, but our power is out this morning, and I’m creating this post on my phone. [Edited to add: Well, there’s book links. Finding Family has two definito poems on its page. Here’s the other one for Zap that I’ve done.)
This time, I decided to write a definito poem about the word “billows.” It’s used in Zap, and I just love this word. I had fun looking at near rhymes and thinking of ways to bring the feeling of billowing into the poem.
I wrote four drafts, beginning with this incomplete first draft:
d 1 billows
it rises and rolls
round and unbound
like a great wave of water
off the ground
it curls and it curves
bulges like ship sails,
full of the wind
I shared all four drafts with my Writer in Progress Facebook Group this morning in a video. Always interesting to talk back through a writing process and realize things I might not have realized at the time!
Hope you enjoy the draft four below!
And for lots of wonderful poetry, make sure to visit the Poetry Friday Roundup! Sadly, I can’t link to it because when I visit Mary Lee’s blog to see who’s hosting, I can’t see the sidebar. Man, trying to do a post on mobile is kind of a pain! ???? [Edited to add: Beautiful poet, educator, and encourager Rose Capelli is hosting today. She’s here.)