Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
This month, our Poetry Princess challenge was to write inspired by poet Taylor Mali. I enjoy hearing Taylor Mali’s work–and attended a virtual workshop with him a couple of months ago! But I like to write short, and spoken word poetry is not my own style. Ack! Then I remembered I had my “sticky note poem” commitment for National Poetry Month, and that would give me a good excuse to stick with short! In reading through some of his work online, I really enjoyed, “How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog.” I let that inspire my own poem, “How Gratitude Is Like an Inflatable Kayak.” I loved the idea of comparing this lofty, abstract concept with something very concrete and down to earth. Here’s my poem–THREE sticky notes, so I guess Mali’s work influenced mine lengthwise, too;>) And following the poem is a bit of my prewriting.
I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have come up with. We had such a wonderful live write last Sunday, but, as usual, we didn’t actually share our drafts–just our thoughts and approaches.
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
And don’t miss the final Poetry Friday Roundup of National Poetry Month, hosted by poet Jone Rush MacCulloch.