Last Saturday I posted the fourth (and final, for now) “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. 04
“The sky is blue, or the rain falls with its spills of pearl”from “Spring” by Mary Oliver
A Mid-Winter’s New Moon
By Monty Vern
Soft pillows stained wet by the
Anger streaming down her setting-sun sky
Flushed cheeks; She is,
No was, the warmth in my black and blue
Existence; I abandoned her or
No, I banished myself from the
On a stifling hot mid-August night with
Encouragement that coaxes me open to see the beauty of a pearl.
The blue-blood hue around
exhausted eyes and their
Salt-soaked pillows, Her light leaves
And I shiver naked in the bitter cold of
A mid-winter’s new moon; Let the
End of my time on this world
As you can see I extended the poem by using the next line in Mary Oliver’s original poem: “Around their wreath of darkness the leaves of the world unfurl.”
What’s next for The Golden Shovel? Stay tuned for a relaunch in April during Poetry Month. I’ll be making a couple of adjustments to give folks a bit more flexibility on prompts and timing.
Meanwhile, I’ve got a slight twist I’d like to try in March. Check out The Silver Lining. Hope to see you there.
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- Portrait in BlueBe well, Monty
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- Blue HeronBe well, Monty
- Endure MeEndure meEndure my cold feet under the sheetsEndure my rough breaths sawing through the night’s airMy tossing and turningMy hogging all the blanketsMy nightmare kicksMyContinue reading “Endure Me”