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  • June 24th, 2011 | 10:51 AM
Poetry Friday - An original Poem

For the past few months laurasalas and I have been working our way through the wonderful  book, Writing the Life Life Poetic, by Sage Cohen. We alternate hosting the discussion on our blogs on Wednesdays.

Sage's book has a lot of juicy bits of knowledge for us and many fun exercises. This one was one of my favorites, an offshoot of Mad Libs. Another favorite was song lyrics as poems. And this one where we used titles as jumping off points for a poem.

Today I wanted to share an original poem I wrote by this week's exercise using word lists

My words were: pilgrim, universe, kneel, fly

Once trapped
in a carbohydrate prison
I am now a pilgrim in a new world,
a universe of edible wonders.

Stomach growling anticipation
I fly to the farmer's market
and kneel before the Produce King.
"Please sir, may I have some more?"

Susan Taylor Brown, all rights reserved

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Carol, at Carol's Corner.

There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


( 8 comments — Leave comment )
June 24th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Love it! Uplifting and I feel your joy :)
June 24th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Hee hee! This makes me really happy. And thanks for the book and links. I need help learning how to write....I can't wait to read these ideas.

June 24th, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
You and Jama and the veggie tributes!!

Good luck with your new eating habits! Here's to your health!
June 25th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Thanks! Changes are long overdue!
June 25th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Bye, bye, carbs. Love it.
June 25th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!
June 26th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
An apt description of your new world. I like the poem a lot. Keep on going, girl. You are doing well.
June 26th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
That was me, dori. I'm not on my regular computer, so this thing I not recognizing me.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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