Get Your Golden Shovel! No. 03 Round-Up

Last Saturday I posted the third “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 experiment a try:

@gigglingfattie (No Love For Fatties)


Eric Drury (The Thoughtful Beggar)


Dream (The DreamGirlWrites)

Golden Shovel No. 03

I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight”

After Apple Picking by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Rediscovering Sight

By Monty Vern


Chase the cannot

From the rub

Of darkness, embrace the


Of yes, peeling my eyes out from

underneath my

lids, rediscovering sight.

Guests’ Poems:

How is it that I


but be forced to rub

and rub for the


will not remove itself…

by GigglingFattie (No Love for Fatties)


Me, you…I

Definitely WE cannot

Be, different from the rub

Of Divinity, because the


by T.B.C.

Sitting with I

aware I cannot

there lies the rub

who understands the

oceans of…

by Eric Drury (The Thoughtful Beggar)

This week Kathleen “took a poetic leap” with the form:

I cannot rub the strangeness from my sight.

Nor be the One

Who sees clearly.

Can see


But what will trouble

The days and the

Puddle of sleep

Of eternal mine,





For I cannot,



The kindness


My sight.

by Kathleen

And Dream took on quite the challenge by combining last week’s prompt “cocoa in pods and alligator pears” with this week‘s prompt to come up with this creative piece:

There was this young boy, the shade of cocoa

who always preferred to travel in

pairs, like peas in pods

Off we went to forests far and

came across the might alligator

we ran and ran till we reached the grove of pears

And he says, “I

Cannot believe that we ran that fast. Cannot

believe that we’re safe.” He proceeds to…

by Dream (DreamGirlWrites)

Be well,



  1. And February is over. Now what?

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    1. Monty Vern says:

      Week 4 prompt is issued and I will announce the next steps in the round-up at the end of the week. Short answer is I will relaunch again in April with some adjustments that allow for greater flexibility.

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