Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
I hope you’ve had a beautiful Thanksgiving! Today, the day after Thanksgiving, we’re helping our older daughter move into her new apartment. I’m so happy for her, but honestly, if I never see another U-Haul or moving box again, that’s too soon.
Anyway, one of many things in my life I’m grateful for is my Poetry 7 Group. We’ve been writing together for mumble mumble years now! I had to make an airport run and miss our live writing together session, which I was so bummed about. Seeing each others’ faces on Zoom is a highlight each month!
This month, our Poetry Princess challenge was an Ode to Autumn. As Tanita said, An ode is a lyrical poem, and like the ancient Greeks, modern humans also enjoy marking an occasion with a song. We decided to approach autumn with joy, and we could use either an irregular ode with no set pattern or rhyme, or the ten-line, three-to-five stanza famed by Homer himself.
Autumn’s my very favorite season, and I usually focus on the nature aspects of it. But there are other things I love about fall, too, and I decided to try to be more inclusive in my ode ;>) That was my plan. To write a playful poem about the bits of fall that fill me the zap and crackle of new energy. But it’s been a rough couple of weeks, and what I planned and what happened were two entirely different things. Here’s the first draft that emerged on Tuesday.
I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have to share.
Click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
Want to join us in December? Great! Our prompt is a poem dealing with bells. Take that whatever direction you’d like, and share on Poetry Friday on Dec. 31, 2021! Ring in (hehe) the New Year by sharing on social media with #PoetryPals, too.
Ruth, who’s a wonderful example of living a life of gratitude, has the Poetry Friday Roundup today. May your cup overfloweth with poems that give you exactly what you need in this moment!