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Poetry Friday round-up with Mary Lee at A Year of Reading.

Poetry Friday round-up with Mary Lee at A Year of Reading.

 

The Time is Now: “Think back over the past year. What does the memory of each month feel like? What is its emotional tone, vibration, form? Write a poem in twelve parts that tries to capture each month’s abstract feeling in a single line or stanza. Like Wallace Stevens’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,”

 

I looked through Facebook and blog posts throughout the year to create this poem.  It may mean nothing to you, but it was a meaningful exercise for me. I hope you will find peace and kindness in 2016.

 

12 Ways of Looking at 2015

January:

Sometimes on the bayou in January
light hides behind grey,
the owl hoots before sunset,
shadows disappear
and I watch
for a poem hiding there.

February:

Sounds abound, poetic listening
beads flying to the beat
of the djembe drum.

March:

Wonders lead us
to a masterful old oak
walking his roots
to hear his wisdom.

Watercolor painting of Mr. Al by Jerome Weber

Watercolor painting of Mr. Al by Jerome Weber

April:

Are you an author,
a poet, an illustrator?
What are you doing in this place?
no faking it here.

May:

Packing up mugs, vases, photos,
stories, memories,
voices of many children,
the heart of one teacher.

June:

A walk in the woods,
I come across a doe,
eye to eye
we are mothers
holding in a moment
nature’s promise.

July:

Life changes in an instant
gun shots in a theater
lives lost, lives changed,
tragedy closes in on home.

August:

She must come, August
and paint me in the picture
of a daughter engaged to a boy.

September:

Miles and miles to go
driving to Chicago
bringing a sister home.

Illinois farmlands

Illinois farmlands

October:

She makes the dust fly!
Eating gumbo with queens
is the way to conquer the world.

November:

Glow like the lemon in the sunlight.
Be the harvest.

December:

Magic tricks, magic windows,
magical gifts, magical white wigs,
the season of magic is here.

–Margaret Simon

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