Since I'm going to be moving over the holidays and who knows what will happen with my internet connection, I thought I'd start early with sending good holiday wishes.
Since I wasn't sure how things would go with the move, I didn't participate in Tabatha Yeatts' Holiday Poetry Exchange this year. With all the stress of moving, I didn't know how creative I'd be feeling. And being able to "artistically" present my poem would be impossible since all my art supplies are sitting in packed boxes. But there was a moment when I was packing and I came across a poem that Irene Latham wrote for me during our summer poetry exchange titled 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE MOON. Yes, I wanted to try this. Of course her poem and mine are both based on Wallace Stevens' poem 13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD.
And, I'm discovering that when my world is crazy the best way I know to calm myself and feel settled is to write a poem.
Here is my poem:
13 WAYS OF LOOKING AT A SNOWFLAKE
snow angel swish
dream of no school
one frozen tear
individual as a fingerprint
start of an avalanche
So here is your challenge for today. Take a holiday icon (a wreath, a candle, a jingle bell, snowglobe, menorah, hot chocolate, etc.) and try writing your own 13 WAYS...poem. Have fun writing.
It is the happiest time of year for those who hold the joys of the season in their heart.
Happy Poetry Friday Roundup. The party this week is over at A Teaching Life blog. You'll be able to find more poetry fun here. Thank you, Tara Smith for hosting us this week.