Thursday, February 7, 2019

The poem I'm sharing today is one I wrote last February when I participated in Laura Shovan's poetry and art challenge. We took turns posting pictures of a piece of art for the group to write about.  When it was my turn, I knew right away that I wanted to share the rock art gift my sister made for me. The picture below inspired many wonderful poems including one by my very talented friend, Buffy Silverman that will appear in a forthcoming children's magazine!  Yay!


I haven't looked at my poem since last year. I still need to think of a title and do a bit more revising, but I thought I'd share what I have so far.



                                                             My friends have gone.
                                                             No one is home.
                                                             A perfect time
                                                             to spend alone.
                                                             To think.
                                                             To dream.
                                                             Beneath this tree—
                                                             to read a book
                                                             of poetry.

                                                              
                                                             ©Linda Kulp Trout


The beautiful, multi-talent, Laura Purdie Salas is hosting this week. Be sure to stop by her place and check out her three gorgeous new books!  I'm excited to add all three of these gems to my collection!





  



22 comments:

  1. Linda, I think this poem is perfect just the way it is! I love it. :) And yes, Laura's trio of poetry books this spring is a gift to us all! What an inspiration she is. xo

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    1. Thank you, Irene. Your encouragement means a lot to me! xo

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  2. It think it's quite perfect, Linda, & has a voice that I can imagine someone speaking it aloud, for a celebration of "poetry"! It is fun to write for Laura's birthday month!

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    1. Yes, I did enjoy it on the days I participated. Thank you for your kind words. Your opinion means a lot to me. xo

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  3. Cool work of art, Linda. Love the wistful tone of your poem.

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    1. Thank you, Jama. The rock art is one of my favorite gifts.

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  4. I'm adding another vote of "it's finished....no revision necessary." I like this poem just as it is. Are you jumping back into daily writing? Or, are you looking back over old work to spark new ideas? This poem is really friendly and relatable.

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  5. Thank you, Linda. Yes, I'm doing daily writing but also looking through my files to see if there is anything that sparks a new idea. How about you? Do you have a project in the works?

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  6. Linda, I must have missed that day you shared your piece of artwork. I think it is so lovely-a just right picture for a reading specialist's office. As for the poem, I totally agree. Sign off on it for it is wonderful.

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  7. Thank you, Carol. I agree that my sister did a fantastic job on the artwork.

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  8. I, too, think the poem is just perfect. I felt a bit of sadness in the first two lines which turns with the next two to wistful, hopeful, ending with contentment.

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  9. I remember your sister's lovely art that you shared Linda, and your poem. I like your poem just as it is too–it has a beautiful sense of internal centering and quietness to it.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. It felt very peaceful to write. It was amazing to see all the different poems this picture inspired!

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  10. I sense a bit of sadness in this poem as I read it, but also joy. There is a simple joy in being alone with nature and a good book. Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. Thank you for the shout-out, Linda! I love how what I think is going to be a melancholy poem makes a turn in that third line with the word "perfect." Switches from melancholy to cozy like that (snap!). :>)

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  12. I am missing the February daily challenge, Linda. I remember this rock art vividly. I love your poem. It tricks the reader with a slightly sad feel, but then surprises us by finding this friend engaged in a favorite pastime -- reading poetry!

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  13. I love this poem. The photo is just make you want to sit with a book of poetry.

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  14. I remember that rock art so well! Your poem is the perfect accompaniment! I love the quiet moods that shift as the poem progresses.

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  15. I love this image and the poem. A perfect match!

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