Good Friday, Poets
What a good day to share poetry with each other. Thanks to Laura Shovan, who hosts our round-up today, we can. Thank you, Laura!
There have been many works of art shared by my compatriots this week. From the Marine Band playing traditional Sousa marches to Lady Gaga's rendition of our Star-Spangled Banner, Amanda Gorman's jaw-dropping poetry performance to the patriotic party and fireworks show over Washington, DC, beauty reclaimed a place in this time.
I participated in the monthly writing challenges offered by Dr. Sarah Donovan at her blog, Ethical ELA.
The final prompt for the week was to select a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., think on it, and let it take you into writing. I selected this quote:
Only in darkness can you see the stars*
The previous evening I had watched with great emotion the memorial to Americans lost to Covid-19 at the Reflecting Pool of our National Mall. The twilight candles, rendition of Amazing Grace, the tolling of our National Cathedral bells, and pledges made to remember our dear ones will stay with me a long time.
Sharpe, Scott. “Powerful Photos from the Memorial to COVID-19 Victims.” Raleigh News & Observer, Raleigh News & Observer, 19 Jan. 2021, 09:21 am, www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article248618740.html.
January 20, 2021
At the reflecting pool, only
last night, four hundred lanterns lit in
honor of thousands more. Darkness,
we cast you out. Can
it be winter if you
remember lavender in spring? See
that we don’t forget. We call upon the
heavens to make our tears stars
(c) Linda Mitchell 1/20/21
PS Hamish the Ox poem has a friend :)
*From April 3 1968’s “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” in Memphis, Tennessee.