Happy August! Thank you, Mary Lee, for hosting this week's round-up. Make sure to visit her snazzy new site for poem goodies.
Guess what? the group formerly known as Swaggers is now Inklings! I like the name Inklings much more than swaggers...I think we all do.
Our August challenge is to write an ekphrastic poem in response to a favorite scene in a wordless picture book. This challenge was inspired by Catherine who was inspired by a current exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum.
First off, choose just one? I always have trouble with choosing one of anything! But, I narrowed my favorites down to two along the same theme. As it turns out, I took inspiration from a favorite poem as well. Win-win.
|Weisner, David. Illustration for Flotsam. (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin). 2006 (c) David Weisner|
WhenInspired by Walt Whitman
I listened to the renowned marine biologist
When the slides, and statistics, were displayed on screen,
When I considered ocean temperatures, acidity levels, and deoxygenation
When I heard the scientist share findings with gravity,
How agitated and restless I became.
How I slipped away, wandered out of doors, down the steps, to the shore.
Embraced by salt and afternoon sun, I dug toes deep into cooler sand
and made my way to surf-lace bubbling over shells and rocks and weeds.
I bent down for a closer look, enchanted by tiny creatures
and I recalled myself.
(c) Linda Mitchell 8/21
|Suzy Lee. Illustration for Wave (Chronicle Books) 2008. (c) Suzy Lee|
Hamish wrote his own poem this week. He is a bit of a cheeky ox with a word about Taurus. See it on his padlet.
Oh, I have some Summer Poetry Swap goodies to share, thanks to Tabatha, but I'm saving those for next week.