Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This Weeks Poetry Stretch

A poem should not mean
But be.
~Archibald MacLeish, Ars Poetica, 1926

This weeks Miss Rumphius' poetry stretch is about writing mask poems. These are poems written in the point of view of a person, an object, an animal, a condition, anything for that matter.

Mask poems are fun to write and important because they take youout of yourself and you get to be someone or something else for a bit. So close your eyes, pick something to write about and then feel what it is to be that something.

Here's mine, inspired by a picture of a lioness carrying her cub.

Another Home

Another preditor
Another move
Another home

HIgh above the ground
I dangle from
Mom's mouth

Swaying to the beat
Of her trek
To our new den

Her teeth embedded
Into my furry skin

Another predator
Another move
Another home

by Marianne H. Nielsen, all rights reserved

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