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Poetry Friday: “George, at Day’s End”

poetryfridaybutton-fulllPoetry can come from unlikely places.  Like cargo crates.

A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting Catherine Johnson’s blog and she had posted a drawing of a monkey lying on his stomach on a large wooden crate. She asked readers to share a quick poem that might be inspired by the picture. As soon as I saw how exhausted that monkey looked, I knew I had the basis for my poem – and within about 15 minutes, I had it completed.

Now, I’m the type who takes the time to tweak, edit, revise, and re-read my poems over and over again, to make sure they are as good as they can be. First drafts are never final drafts. But after re-reading it literally dozens of times, I’m not sure there’s anything else the poem needs me to do to it.

It doesn’t even need an illustration to accompany it, for a reader to grasp who my subject is.

So I hope you like it…and for more poetry, please visit Margaret at Reflections on the Teche!

“George, at Day’s End”

Found all he could find.
Saw all he could see.
Learned all he could learn.
Been all he could be.
Far too full to eat.
Much too tired to play.
Someone’s had enough
curiosity for one day.

- © 2013, Matt Forrest Esenwine

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Poetry Friday: “I Can’t Fall Asleep Now!”

I started off my Poetry Friday posts a couple weeks ago with a sonnet dedicated to my wife.  I then followed that with a two-stanza poem inspired by my two daughters.  I suppose it’s only fitting that I now feature something I wrote for my 2-year-old son!

Greyson was only about 4 months old when he started sleeping through the night,; however, up until that point, he was like most babies, crying every couple of hours for milk or comfort or both.  One evening, while mom was breastfeeding, I was at the computer thinking about all the reasons why a little boy might not want to go to sleep.  With the kind of imagination I have, it didn’t take long to start coming up with the most preposterous of circumstances – and so I began writing them down and seeing if I could come up with a narrative for a poem.  I completed almost three verses that night!

It was a very late night.

Over the course of the next few of weeks, I revised those three and added one more, then took it to my SCBWI critique group where I was told it might make a good bedtime picture book, if I could add another couple of verses.  So I sat down and worked on it…and worked on it…and worked on it.  I came up with a completed poem/manuscript that is long enough for a heavily-illustrated picture book, but may still need one more stanza.

And if I can ever figure out how to write that stanza, I will.  ;)

Here’s to you, my little dude!

“I Can’t Fall Asleep Now!”

If I fall asleep now, I might miss something good,
Like a giant parade in our small neighborhood
With free candy and loud bands, like all parades should.
I can’t fall asleep now – I might miss something good!

If I fall asleep now, I might miss something cool
Like a pink-spotted platypus out in our pool
Or a UFO landing on top of the school!
I can’t fall asleep now – I might miss something cool!

If I fall sleep now, I might miss something neat
Like a two-headed tiger with seventeen feet
And a licorice tail, heading right down our street!
I can’t fall asleep now – I might miss something neat!

If I fall asleep now, I might miss something fun
Like a tap-dancing elf on a cinnamon bun
Or a rainbow-striped dinosaur dressed like a nun!
I can’t fall asleep now – I might miss something fun!

If I fall asleep now, I might miss something wild!
Hey, who knows…I could be a werewolf-dragon-child –
Sporting fangs, flames and wings (and hair slightly re-styled).
I can’t fall asleep now – I might miss something wild!

If I fall asleep now, I might miss something weird –
What if Dad sprouts some antlers or Mom grows a beard?
If I’m snoring, I’d miss out – just like I had feared!
I can’t fall asleep now – I might miss something weird!

Then again…if I did start to fall asleep now,
When I dream, things get even more crazy, and how!
They’re way cooler and neater and weirder and –
Wow…
Guess I wouldn’t miss much, if I fell asleep now…

- Matt Forrest Esenwine

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