Happy Friday, Poets!
Bridget at Wee Words for Wee Ones is hosting this week's round-up which is sure to bring a smile to your face with some funny fun puns, and she's celebrating the publication of a new anthology! 10.10: Celebrating 10 in 10 different ways. Hip Hip Hooray!
I'm thrilled to have a wee poem included in this collection with other Poetry Friday friends. Congratulations to all!
In late 2020 I knew ox would be my OLW for 2021. I was nervous about committing to such a unique word. I wondered if I could find enough prompts to keep me poem-ing for fifty-two weeks. I began storing up snippets of poems, photos, and references to ox and oxen in various files. I came across a forgotten photo this week.
Smithsonian Learning Lab: https://learninglab.si.edu/resources/view/2819314#more-info
The photograph is full of all kinds of curiosities--the name, E.K. Blush, yoked oxen, a man, that huge cart of hay, Stuttgart, Arkansas? What caught my eye was the word albumen. Egg white? Yep.
This led me to google albumen and silver on paper... which then led to the most tempting and deepest rabbit hole of all, Wikipedia (insert that unbalanced giggle sound).
As it turns out, in the early days of photography, photographers kept laying hens near studios for the egg white to mix with silver to coat cotton paper to take a negative from a glass photographic plate. How about that?
By the time I re-surfaced from research, it was high time to write a poem with Hamish but, I had nothing specifically on ox...except the fact that a pair are pulling that hay cart in the photograph.
I returned to Wikipedia to scoop up words for a found poem below.
Albumen Print of Ox Cart
After searching for albumen and silver on paper
Jump to him
used to bind 1855
to the 20th century.
of remaining silver
Words found on Wikipedia
Linda Mitchell, Oct 15,2021