SOL 17 & Poetry Friday: “Ode to a Blanket”


Each month I look forward to Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’s Ditty Challenge. This month, Helen Frost challenged Michelle’s readers to “choose and object…[then] write five lines about the object, using a different sense in each line.”

Choose an object? That narrows it right down, doesn’t it? I decided not to obsess about this. I just went through my days with this challenge in the back of my mind. Sure enough, the word “blanket” came up as I was preparing a lesson yesterday. I instantly saw the possibilities with this word. Here is my Ode to a Blanket:

Clutching your satin edge, soft as a dog’s ear,
I wrap your sunny yellow self around me.
Cocooned inside, I breathe in the air of summer.
Night whispers are muffled as I snuggle deeper,
take the first sip of a dream.
Do you sleep with me? Or are you always
on guard, steadfast and loyal through the night?

© Catherine Flynn, 2017

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14 thoughts on “SOL 17 & Poetry Friday: “Ode to a Blanket”

  1. Oh, Catherine, this is lovely. I’ll have to take a look at the challenge. “First sip of a dream” is a luscious phrase. And I like thinking that our blankets stand guard, steadfast and loyal.

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  2. Once again, Catherine, your poetry wows me. As Ramona said, this is simply lovely. I’m entranced with the idea of a “first sip of a dream” and all the wonderful images you crafted. Well done!

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  3. This is wonderful, Catherine! In my head I was composing a comment just like Ramona’s, but now that I see those words have already been expressed, perhaps a “ditto” will suffice? Seriously though, I could wrap myself in your poem and sleep quite soundly, I’m sure. When you have a chance, would you add it to the padlet? Thanks!

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  4. Catherine, this is just perfect. I love “night whispers” and “sip of a dream” using whispers and sips as nouns. Great description.

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  5. Oh, it’s so nice to think about, Catherine. I do love my blanket! Love ” first sip of a dream”. That’s just what it seems like when drifting off.


  6. Catherine, this is a poem that I can sink right into and begin dreaming of summer. I love the words you used, soft as a dog’s ear, cocooned inside, snuggle deeper, first sip of a dream. Our blankets are the guardians of night. I drafted an ode that I will refine and send off to Michelle. Thanks for reminding me.

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