I’ve always enjoyed writing poetry. In fact my first writings as a child were simple rhymes. I love the challenge of finding the right word that says what I want it to say. Dr. Seuss took license here and made up his own words and characters that rhyme. Some we’ve all grown to love like Cat in the Hat, Yertle The Turtle, Horton Hears A Who, and everyone’s beloved, Grinch.
There is a challenge for writers this month called NaPoWriMo, which stands for “National Poetry Writing Month“. Those who are participating are writing a poem every day for the entire month. That’s a bit much for my schedule, so I’m going for once a week, maybe. It depends on whether or not my creative energy is available.
I’ll heed the advice of my favorite poet…
“Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” – Dr. Seuss
Instead of writing poems that rhyme, I’ve decided to write prose. I hope you enjoy this one.
Sweet Fragrance Of Unity
A pleasant warmth brushes my face as I inhale the morning air.
“Winter has at last fallen asleep”, tucked beneath the black dirt of the garden bed.
“Tread lightly,” it cautions.
Hope, peeking through the soil as a timid flower, is unsure of the climate.
Thunder clouds gather like opposing views bringing with it
winds of threat and cloudy accusations.
Meant to harm, yet providing something needed…
some run off rejected
a torrential flood of judgment.
deep, bringing with it gentle correction.
The solar sentinel ever present though not seen,
sends out rays of help
chasing the clouds of accusations away
like a faithful friend.
A second look and hope has emerged safe and at attention
in response to the steady cadence call of the sentinel in the Sky.
Gone are the threats.
Spring at last.
The garden has learned to embrace only words which nourish the soul,
thus filling the air with a sweet fragrance of
Do you enjoy writing poetry? Have you ever tried?
“If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
– Dr. Seuss
My new book that my husband and I have written is now available on Amazon
Glad to see you accepted the challenge. What a pretty metaphor!
Say, has your garden learned to embrace only words which nourish the soul? (What a goal!)
I surprised myself by writing one free-verse poem during my quiet time, now a number of months ago: a meditation to begin the day