Thursday, April 04, 2019

NPM 2019 Day 4: Inspired by Calvin and Hobbes

I find art, beauty, poetry, and smiles sometimes in the strangest places. A while back I saw these bags while waiting in line at a Which Wich. I love that people take the time to make art on the back of these sandwich bags. And I love that the employees of the shop display them for others to enjoy.
I'm a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan, so these made me smile, and then they reminded me of this particular strip and a poem I know by heart. (I like to share it with my science students.)
If you can't quite make out the text, here's what Calvin opines.
Like delicate lace,
so the threads intertwine,
Oh, gossamer web
of wondrous design!
Such beauty and grace
wild nature produces … 
UGHH, look at the spider
suck out that bug’s juices! 
This is all a silly introduction to a poem I wrote inspired by these bags and my memory of the above poem. I like the short form and thought it would be interesting to emulate. I don't know about other poets, but I often times write about poetry and writing. I wrote this one in the notes on my phone while waiting for my order. Interestingly enough, there are LOTS of impromptu poems and poetic lines on my phone. This one is untitled.

While pondering nature
I write out some rhymes
thumb through the Thesaurus
a few hundred times.
From brain out to fingers
then pen to the page ...

another draft poem
takes center stage.

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2019. All rights reserved.

I'm actually a bit mortified to be sharing a first draft poem, but I've decided that if I'm sharing original poetry this month, I'm going to share poems in all their naked glory, raw and unfinished, as well as those I've attempted to polish.

Thanks for visiting! Here's wishing you a Happy Thursday and hoping I'll see you tomorrow for Poetry Friday and the April Poetry Sisters collaboration.


  1. I love your Calvin and Hobbes share (such a great example to use with voice and register, something my students really struggle with), and also your poem.

  2. See, Tricia, most people's DRAFTS don't sound like something they could just finish and be done with!! I only have "draft" courage with haiku; maybe I'll get braver later this month.

    Meanwhile, I ADORE C&H and take them as one of the happiest accidents of adolescence.

    1. Tanita, are you implying this is done?! I think it's terrible! And I didn't get the turn at the end (like Calvin) at all. I need to keep thinking about this one.