Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Howdy, friends! I’ve missed a week or two recently–LOTS going on here. Most excitingly, a new website design! More on that soon. There are still tweaks to make and kinks to work out, I’m sure, but…isn’t it beautiful? Thank you to Steve Palmquist at Winding Oak, who’s gone way above and beyond! And thank you to my daughter Maddie, who did the header art and hand lettering. This has been a massive job, and I’ll still be working on lots of little things for the next couple of months.
I’ll also be working somewhere else. My income is way down this year, and our family expenses are way up. So, I’m working part-time at Hy-Vee. (If you subscribe to my e‑letter, you got the whole story.) That means I’ll be cutting out many things in order to use my limited writing hours on actual writing. I’ll still be part of Poetry Friday, but maybe not every Friday.
So, last week, my site was in a weird stage and I couldn’t post with my Poetry Sisters when we did diminishing verse poems. I thought I’d share what I came up with this week–a week late and a dollar short :>) A bit of writing process is below the imagepoem for anybody interested.
I started with this list, words I chose from a site Tanita shared: https://www.enchantedlearning.com/consonantblends/index.shtml
I played with a couple of starting words, but the poems came out so…ugh. They were limerick-like and not what I was going for. Then I wrote one about cold, which I liked, and maybe I’ll share next week. Then I wrote draft one of this journey one at a baseball game, and it looked like this:
The journey was endless. The weather, wretched.
Passengers clung to the railing and retched.
In their expressions, despair was etched.
The wind-ripped waves threw a spindrift spray.
Hands clutched crosses. Chins bowed to pray.
Of sunshine and hope, they found not a ray.
The schooner lit up in the thunderstorm’s flash—
Each bolt a fiery, merciless lash.
When the wind stilled, the schooner was ash.
When I wrote draft two, which is in the image above, I was mostly trying to get rid of passive verbs and inverted phrasing, such as that third line of stanza two. Always things to try to make better!
And for lots of wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Matt, who has a gorgeous-looking new picture book out called The Thing to Remember About Stargazing. Can’t wait to read it!