When I'm between poems, I like to write to prompts provided at a number of sites run by great poets. A recent Poetry Jam prompt says to use the title of a NY Times bestseller as a springboard. I chose Three Cups of Tea (or it chose me), maybe because its subject is education. In truth, I own the book but have not read it, so it was easy to go in a totally different direction.
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Three Cups of Tea
As if her knees
no longer hold,
suddenly, she sits.
Her arms fold
upon her work;
her head falls
upon her arms.
Her heart listens
to the sorrow
singing in the rings
upon the wood.
A very nicely composed poem, Karen...and a beautiful photo accompanying it. I like especially the words:ReplyDelete
"Her arms fold
upon her work"
which, to me, portray vividly her sorrow!
You brought this woman to life ... I could see her, feel her sadness. Nice.ReplyDelete
Sad whimsical little piece. I like it.ReplyDelete
A real little jewel of a poem. I love the concept and the way it snaps shut. Nothing extraneous, nothing missing.ReplyDelete
lots of emotion just under the surface in this....i like how you let the actions tell the story up to mentioning sorrow...ReplyDelete
Well written...very poetic....ReplyDelete
I enjoyed reading of this captured moment. You conveyed a lot in relatively few words. Acts as a springboard for my mind!ReplyDelete
Karen I could relate well to the first half of this. I have no sorrow or regrets anymore though. but i have this habit now that i am getting past being a teenager of staying awake for 20-30 hours at a time, so yes sometimes my head does hit my arms on the desk.ReplyDelete
sorrow singing... it is often a tune hard to tune out!ReplyDelete
As I read your poem, I could see this poor woman folding down!ReplyDelete
Oh, I can picture this, and feel it. The rings are a fine poetic image.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your several comments at my place over time. I appreciate them.
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her movements rhyme, in an opposite way with how the story unfolds, very clever and fine wording - although i admit i didn't get it at first.ReplyDelete