I hadn’t planned on sharing a five-year-old poem, but sometimes the poem asks to be shared – and I have no choice but to oblige.
Case in point: I had been searching for springtime poems a week or so ago and came upon the one I’m sharing today. I had written it back in August 2018, but when I searched my blog I could find no sign I’d ever shared it here. Likely, because I’d originally written it as a prompt on a friend’s blog.
That friend is Irene Latham, and in August 2018 she had published a post encouraging her readers to pick five words from a poster filled with verbs, and write a poem using all five. Knowing that just because a word might be a verb doesn’t necessarily mean that word is always a verb (does “march” mean to step in time, or is it a group of people stepping together? Or is it a month??)
So I took on her challenge and was quite happy with the result; granted, it’s four short lines, but I packed as much internal rhyme as I could into those four lines!
March sweeps in
to slowly wring
the melt of winter;
– © 2018 Matt F. Esenwine, all rights reserved
The other thing I’m proud of is that considering the poem only uses 12 words, that means that nearly half the poem consists of words I needed to include for the challenge! I hope you like it. Since it’s Mother’s Day weekend, Robyn Hood Black is hosting a special Poetry Friday roundup today at Life on the Deckle Ege with a haiku she wrote for her grandchild, Sawyer.
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10 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: A 5-year-old ‘Pick Five” poetry challenge, rediscovered!”
Four short lines that pack a punch! “the melt of winter” is a wonderful image. Thanks for sharing that one here, Matt.
Thank you so much, Rose!
It’s fun to discover an old poem that both fits and makes you happy, Matt. You did pack so much into the four lines & I love “slowly wring”. We have lots of rain these past 2 days & it’s wonderful, & for skiers, there’s more snow happening! I guess “slowly” means much more this middle of May!
Thanks, Linda! Wow, still skiing, huh? Ours wrapped up a couple of weeks ago here. It’s been rainy & cool this week, but today it’s sunny and 80 – Wah-HOO!! 😉
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“the melt of winter”–really lovely!
Thank you so much, Laura!
Well worth brushing the snow off of this one, Matt – thank you! Irene’s ideas have staying power for sure.
You know I love a poem that packs a punch in just a few words. (& Thanks for the kind mention of our sweet Sawyer. He LOVES books already!) :0)
Oh, thank you, Robyn – glad you liked it!
An economy of words, for sure! Our spring still awaits… hoping for June!
Spring arrived about a week ago here – but it’s going to be 32 degrees tonight, so I’m feeling mixed emotions, ha!