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This week has been a rough week. I went to a celebration of life for the husband of a friend, and I’ve had a lot of stress both personally (moving in a couple of weeks!) and professionally. As I reread this week’s poem, I remembered to focus on what’s important and to try not to sweat the small stuff.
I’m continuing to share the poems I wrote for the Madness Poetry competition created by Ed DeCaria. I didn’t remember writing this many poems. Maybe it’s like childbirth, where you forget the pain of assigned words and quick turnarounds:>) Just kidding…I enjoy that kind of challenge. Much more than childbirth! This was for Round 4, and my assigned word was “blistered.” I had two completely different styles of poems I was working on. I ended up using this narrative, but maybe I’ll share the rough draft of the other approach another week.
In this poem, a firefighter hero helps a family reunite. I’ve started a Padlet to celebrate families of ALL kinds. Right now, only my own family is there–and we’re lonely. Will you visit and add YOUR family?
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Donna Smith says
I love that blistered fits in so tightly that I had to go back and find what the word was and.ocate itagain. Such a quick paced and jumbly poem with a great ending! Love It! Good luck with the move.
Thank you, Donna! Most of my Madness Poetry poems used repetition a LOT–that was a goal. And my other approach for my “blistered” poem used it many times as part of a refrain. But this one called to me. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the good wishes:>)
You put narrative in poems so well, Laura.
I think we Sisters ought to challenge ourselves with that — I have wanted to write a novel in verse (and so has Sara) for a long while, and we’ve both been stymied with how to begin… and you’ve GOT IT.
Sylvia Vardell says
So sorry you’ve hit a rough patch! Hope things look better soon& good luck moving. Love the families focus!
Love this fast paced narrative poem. Those single words are so effective. Like Donna, I had to go back to find blistered. You added it in seamlessly.
Wow. This is so powerful…and made more so by the short lines. It left me short of breath, but also breathing a sigh of relief that all were reunited.
Wow, I really like your poem! It’s so breathless and drama-filled. Nice job! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Michelle Kogan says
I can feel the quick-rhythmic-staccato beat running through your poem–a powerful poem, thanks Laura!
Sally Murphy says
Sorry to hear you have so much on your plate. But glad to read this very clever poem, I can imagine it read by two voices (one each side).
Kay Jernigan McGriff says
Sorry to hear about your loss and struggles this week. I enjoyed your poem with its quickness and its powerful reminder to focus on what’s important. It’s a reminder I needed this week.
Buffy Silverman says
Loved reading this one during March Madness, and I’m glad you’re sharing it again! Good luck with the move, and wishing you less stressful days ahead.