Wednesday, April 14, 2021

#verselove - 14: hope

For the month of April, I am participating in 30 days of #verselove poetry writing with Dr. Sarah J. Donovan's Ethical ELA

Today's poetry inspiration was by Dr. Padma Venkatraman, who encouraged us to write about hope. I spent the morning at some beautiful gardens with my granddaughter, and throughout our adventure, I kept note of things that gave me hope. As I tried to piece my thoughts into a poem, I decided to try to write it in a "Duplex format" (a poetry form created by Jericho Brown) which I had learned about through a May OpenWrite with Ethical ELA. Here's where I landed:


renewal and innocence in the garden
water reflects trees, shimmering rainbow koi 

rainbow koi shimmer a tree’s soft reflection
young children alongside loving caregivers

loving caregivers alongside young children
courage is her hand curled around my thumb

she holds courage in the curl of her hand 
question, wonder, imagine, all are hope

hope questions, wonders, imagines more
roots work invisibly before blooming

blooms need the invisible work of roots
the joy within a single fallen petal 

joy at holding a single fallen petal
this renewal and innocence is hope

Let me also include a photo of those shimmering koi with the gorgeous reflection of trees -

1 comment:

  1. The approach works wonderfully with the theme of hope as hope is so connective. Love these lines as they gently reflect back to the child and caregiver.
    "hope questions, wonders, imagines more
    roots work invisibly before blooming"