Saturday, November 14, 2020

Following a feather

Yay! It's Day ONE of the November 5 Day OpenWrite with Dr. Sarah J. Donovan's Ethical ELA! I love that this month's challenge surprised me in my email inbox this excited to write poetry with this lovely community again. Today, Dr. Donovan encourages us to think about thanks - and to write into this. After much thought, I centered on how much I enjoy my walks with my granddaughter. I am truly grateful for this time. Here's my poem about a recent walk together:

feather, small and gray

lying in our walking path

once seen cannot be unseen

get out!, you demand

so, the stroller’s belt I undo


we bend over 

looking closely

only to have the wind

lift it 

into the air

sending it forward


you and I in pursuit


following a feather

I received these thoughtful comments on the Ethical ELA website:

Glenda M. Funk

Maureen, I’m feeling the joy in watching you and “Frog” chase a feather and can’t help but think of Emily Dickinson while reading your poem. The idea of “the wind lift[ing] it in the air” and “sending it forward” is filled w/ such hopeful movement.

Kim Johnson

There is such beauty here – it reminds me so much of the feather falling off the church steeple in Savannah in the movie Forrest Gump! I love the movement and the reactions.

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