It’s the first Friday of March. Time for another Sunday Swagger Challenge. Each month, one member of my critique group poses a challenge for us all to respond to. This month, Margaret Simon posed a very flexible prompt: “Using any book, choose three page numbers. On the chosen pages, find one word to use. Write a poem.”
This seemed very manageable. One of my students has been reading Kate DiCamillo’s books, and Kate’s exquisite use of language has always inspired me, so I pulled a copy of Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures off the shelf and found these three words: variations, floating, glowing
An image of clouds came into my head as I considered these words. Here is the draft I came up with:
Tenuous ideas cling together,
like water droplets fusing
into wisps of clouds floating
in an azure sky.
Slowly, word by word,
a line forms.
Line follows line
until they coalesce
into a poemling,
glowing with promise.
Maybe this baby poem,
fragile as it is,
is a variation on an old theme.
Just as clouds come in all
shapes and sizes,
possibilities for poems
And so we keep on
Draft, © 2021, Catherine Flynn
Please be sure to visit my fellow Swaggers to read their responses to Margaret’s challenge:
Heidi Mordhorst @ My Juicy Little Universe
Linda Mitchell @ A Word Edgewise
Margaret Simon @ Reflections on the Teche
Molly Hogan @ Nix the Comfort Zone
Then be sure to head to Kat Apel’s blog for the Poetry Friday Roundup.