Poetry Friday: “Sledding”

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I took this photo of my son sledding at our next-door neighbors’ backyard almost exactly 2 years ago, and as I looked at it, certain thoughts kept coming to me: a long way down, a long climb up, his being undaunted in trudging uphill over and over, to enjoy the thrill of the ride.

030This poem came out of that. He was 5 at the time, and had never been tubing before – and had never worn a helmet and goggles before, either – so for someone who had been sledding almost as long as he had been walking, he was enjoying these new experiences.

If you’re looking for more poetry, head on over to Jone MacCulloch’s place, Check It Out, for today’s complete Poetry Friday roundup!

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21 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Sledding”

  1. You gave me quite a thrill on this sledding ride, Matt. I am sure your son loved the experience. Would you like to offer this image poem to my Winter Wonder Gallery? Is is large enough to be seen without the enlargement feature?

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    1. Thank you, Mary Lee – that was actually the hardest part, because I knew what I wanted to say, but didn’t want it to sound forced or trite or didactic. I’m pretty comfortable with the way I solved it, so I’m glad you liked it, too!

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  2. Exuberant, Matt! Thanks for sharing. We raised our kids in north Georgia and they did get to sled some winters, but your kids have “serious” snow to contend with. (And now my now-grown kids are still in the Georgia mountains, but here at the SC coast we have no snow to contend with! ;0) )

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