Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
So, this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was triolets using two of five words chosen by Liz (orange, fall, chill, light, change). I love triolets. They lend themselves to reflection because of the repetition, but I wanted to try to keep things at least somewhat concrete! I was sitting at Taco Bell last Friday, writing this as the first snow of the season fell here in Minnesota.
Here are the three pages in my little notebook from that morning, and then the typed-in version, which I tweaked some as I typed. I shared that with the Poetry Princesses as my first typed-in complete draft. And then I let it sit for 5 or 6 days without looking at it. Finally, I tweaked it some more to be the version I shared above.
I was trying to be more kid-friendly and conversational in this triolet than in some of my recent poems. Trying to find poetic language that also feels natural and kid-like is tough. I didn’t really accomplish it fully here, but as I wrote it, I was very aware of the difference in feeling about snow between kids and adults. The year Randy and I moved up here to Minnesota from Florida, when the first snow fell, we got in our car and drove to a big empty parking lot at a mall nearby. We were giddy with the beauty of it, and astonished at how everyone else was just going about their normal day. Every time snow falls, I am still filled with awe at the wonder of it.
The main change from 1st to 2nd handwritten draft was that I had more rhyming words that rhymed with “fall” than with “changed,” so I reversed the order of the first two lines, because the first line gets two additional rhyme words used, but the second line only gets one additional rhyming word.
Poetic forms are fun!
I’m out on school visits and speaking gigs this week, and I haven’t seen many of the poems my amazing Poetry Sisters did this month. I’ll add more links over the weekend, and don’t miss the interview I did with Sara last week about her wonderful new novel, The Wolf Hour.
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
And don’t miss this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup, either, hosted by wonderful teacher/poet Linda at Teacher Dance.