Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Our Poetry Princess challenge this month was an overheard poem–a poem inspired by or somehow using words we overheard.
I am a bad eavesdropper–not only am I not usually close enough to other people to overhear things, but I’m good at tuning out extra noise so I can write. I came to our live writing session uninspired, with just these quotes:
- My car won’t start. (our daughter)
- One game at a time. (a Packers fan before the game when asked if the Packers could beat Tom Brady)
- Those are creepy. (a teen looking at a giant snow sculpture of what looked like–but weren’t supposed to be–demonic children–amen, kid)
None of those did anything for me. But Kelly shared her overheard, which was people talking about relationships ending: “They end gradually and then all of a sudden.”
That got me thinking about the pandemic, and I started drafting. My first draft was very meh, and I got this second draft Monday morning. Somewhat happier with it, but the pandemic is just too…everywhere…for me to write about it. Oh well. As we reminded ourselves, it’s about the practice, not the poem you end up with.
Here’s my second draft.
Check out what everyone came up with!
And click here to see all our previous Poetry Princesses collaborations.
Want to play? In February, we’re going to try one or more Exquisite Corpse poems. We’re not sure exactly how we’re going to do them, and there’s a lot of wiggle room. Read about them, and then figure out how YOU’d like to use or be inspired by the game. We’ll share our poems on Feb. 25th, and you can, too! If you share on social media, use the hashtag #PoetryPals. We can’t wait to see what you (and we?) do with this! Have fun!
The Poetry Friday Roundup this week is with Irene Latham at Live Your Poem. She always has so much inspiration to share!