Today's inspiration was suggested by poet and author Chris Baron, challenging us to write a poem called a "Before Picture":
Write a poem of any structure that behaves like a before picture. A “Before Picture” is meant to capture not just an image but also to serve as a symbolic remembrance of everything that happened at that moment but also what led to it–both inside and out.
Imagine you are taking a before picture.
Use images, figurative language, and everything else to help capture that moment in time: What it looks like AND what it stands for.
Here's my poem:
Graceful geese scattered on the pond,
there must be several dozen of you
floating, resting, softly stirring,
soaking in the sunny day.
but not necessarily with
Giving no hint of the disciplined flash mob that you are.
soft ripples surround,
small and intermittent honks of harmony,
a few beaks bobbing in the water.
gather in your gaggle
simultaneously dividing into
not one, not two, but three
perfect formations in the sky.
When do you rehearse?
How do you know what to do?
What is the signal?
Will you teach this teacher your ways?
looking lazy, leisurely, and languid,
to vault into your voluptuous v.
There is such mystery in this.