April is National Poetry Month. I have always been pulled in by rhyming sounds, expressions in A-B-A-B form, and with eloquent words. How a Maya Angelo poem can break your heart or a Robert Frost can transport you to another time. Into Emily Dickinson’s world and nod knowingly at one of Mary Oliver’s beautiful notes. The prose, the cadence, the way that poetry takes on emotion and vivid imagery in just a few lines or in a drawn out sonnet. I love that it doesn’t have to rhyme. It can be a sentence. It is a piece of one’s heart transferred to paper in a whim of bravery.
I am holding a poetry contest. No pressure, as of course like art, poetry creates itself and there is absolutely no right or wrong way to write poetry. Just write a sentence, or a rhyme, or a sonnet. Respond here, or on facebook (facebook.com/pumpkinhollowfarm) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Homeschooling mamas, have your children enter, you enter, if you have never written poetry, enter, let the expression free! I am offering a free book of your choice that I have written to the winner. The winner is the one that stirs my soul. Open March 31st-April 15th.
Here are two of mine I would like to share…
The first one is a tale of many young women. I am friends with a great many amazing young people and sometimes their struggles can overtake.
A child in the dark lets out a shrill cry
she is lost within her spirit
but she doesn’t know why.
Growing up too fast
lovers that don’t last
a piece of her gone
ending life’s song.
Now as she connects with herself
with her Source
and lays in a hospital bed
through this course
and as she gathers strength
and refills her lamp for light
perhaps she will see the dawn
through the starry night.
And a more happy one…
Maryjane, the beautiful child that came to be.
I knew her immediate and she had a piece of me.
Our hearts were connected and I love her more and more.
My life awakens as she walks through the door.
Now, it’s your turn!