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This month, we Poetry Princesses wrote lais (a 9-line, aabaabaab poem) on the theme of hope, light, or peace. I had done the little drawing below before thinking about this month’s poem. Then I started thinking about how the sight of chimney smoke on a cold winter’s day always makes me feel both hopeful and peaceful. Something about knowing someone else is there, doing their little bit to warm their world while I’m doing mine, is very comforting to me. Even if I don’t know whose house it is and don’t expect to see an actual person. It’s just proof of life. A connection. When you live up north, even in suburban areas, you can go weeks without seeing your neighbors outside! So the curling chimney smoke is a reminder I’m not alone, even if it feels at times like I’m living in some post-apocalyptic blizzard world :>)
I adapted the form a little and used knot/not as my b word every time. It’s really meant to be three different rhyming words. But I knew early on that I wanted not/ alone to be the ending of the poem, and I really liked using not/ my own, as well. So then I rearranged my opening lines a little to describe the house as a knot/ of stone.
I wrote this on a car ride home from Green Bay, WI, where we spent a fun weekend with family. Here are some pics of my notebook pages.
And here’s my final poem:
Eager to see what my Poetry Sisters have come up with!
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