Last Saturday I posted the second “Get Your Golden Shovel” prompt as a collaborative project for our writing community. In this round-up, I share my golden shovel poem as well as those that were contributed by the community.
What’s a golden shovel poem? It’s a poetic form originally created by Terrance Hayes. Check out the rules here.
I want to give a big thanks to each of you that were willing to give this week’s challenge a try:
Golden Shovel No. 02
“Cocoa in pods and alligator pears.”The Tropics in New York by Claude McKay
By Monty Vern
Skin bronzed to a rich cocoa,
Hair sun-bleached blond, tied up in
Long braids hanging down past her ear pods
Shoulder straps, to the dancing twin alligator
Tattoos glistening beneath the dribbling juice of ripe pears.
Seduced from pods
Under the shack
Where massages mysteriously happen
Like sweet whispers of pears.
I found this line both challenging and inspiring. I love what we all did with these colorful words. Once again the diversity is amazing, which is my favorite reason for doing creative collaborations. You all inspire me. Thank you!
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- Blue HeronBe well, Monty
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