"She refused to be bored, chiefly because she wasn't boring." Zelda Fitzgerald

Friday, July 28, 2017

Poetry Friday: A Piece About Perspective





Happy Poetry Friday! Its been a long time since I participated but I'm back in the saddle, summer fueling my creative side. Today is the day I share an original poem, hopefully one I made up just today and join in with other poets and poetry lovers to share our work and the work of those we admire. Today our host for Poetry Friday is Mitchell Linda over at A Word Edgewise. Go take your morning cup of coffee over tomorrow and glide through all the stacks of wonderful poems. Such a great way to open your mind for the weekend and to take it all out and shake out the wrinkles before a new week begins. 

This week I am sharing a poem that was begotten via a poetry prompt from our hostess. Thank you so much for the beautiful first line, Mitchell Linda... This took me happy places. I was thinking of the very common scene in my backyard with my four little boys playing together and losing things together over the garage roof or over the fence to the neighboring yards. Lots of great images and meaning layers there if we look at even the simple and mundane scenes in our lives.  
Above Ground
"Don’t worry—there are ladders."
He told his little brother after they
Sailed a balsa glider quite out of reach
Onto the garage roof.  
He was just deflating, melting into a
Puddle of heartbreak on the sidewalk,
his kindergarten joy sailing out of reach
Onto the garage roof. 
His big brother lifted his chin with a finger,
And gave a wink towards the rungs
And pulled his hopes upright again
Onto the garage roof. 
How many times I could have rallied
If I could only learn to look up myself.
Remembering that there are ladders
Onto the garage roof.





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12 comments:

  1. Wonderfully done, that image of down and up with the chin. Your ending offers a big smile.

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    1. Thank you. Offering a smile is wonderful!

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  2. What a lovely poem capturing a shared moment between brothers.

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  3. oh, my goodness....I was hoping someone would take this prompt. And, had given up hope. But, here it is and it's gorgeous in your poem. I hope you float on that poem for days at least until the next one comes along. Welcome BACK to Poetry Friday. It's so nice when people pop in and out as life demands.

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    1. Oh golly! What a happy comment! Thanks so much for the feedback.

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  4. I love it. Yes, there are ladders!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ruth. So glad we have ladders.

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  5. Love it! I love the big brother in this poem so much. And I love your wise truth in the last stanza. "There are ladders" might need to be my watchwords for the coming school year!

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    1. What a great phrase to put on a personal watchword list! I love that idea.

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  6. I love this. What great images. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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