Friday, April 24, 2020

NPM 2020 on Poetry Friday - Poetry Sisters Write Skinny Poems

The challenge this month was to write a skinny poem with the theme of foresight (again) or spring, or both. A skinny poem consists of eleven lines. Lines 1 and 11 can be any length and line 11 must use the same words from line 1, though they can be rearranged. Lines 2, 6, and 10 must be identical. And finally, what makes this poem skinny, is that fact that all lines except for 1 and 11 (the first and last) may be only ONE WORD LONG. You can learn more about the form at The Skinny Poetry Journal.

In my initial drafts I pretty much failed this challenge as it related to theme, but I did manage a few relative to form. I did write a skinny poem for my mom earlier this week with a reference to spring. You can read it in Monday's post NPM 2020 - From the Window.  I did finally sit down to write at least one on point. Here are several offerings.

Skinny 1
I come from
where
mom
knows
best,
where
family’s
first.
Love’s
where
I come from.
Skinny 2
My favorite flowers are
tulips.
Brightly
colored
show-offs,
tulips
herald
spring’s
arrival.
Tulips
are my favorite flowers.

Skinny 3
My heart breaks
inside.
Pandemic
isolation
sucks!
Inside
social
distancing,
staying
inside
breaks my heart

Poems ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2020. All rights reserved.

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Christie Wyman at Wondering & Wandering. Happy poetry Friday friends!

9 comments:

  1. These are wonderful, Tricia. 1 is stunning, but 2 also really resonated, as tulips are my favorite, as well. And were my mom's, so they have extra meaning. And, sadly, I could relate to 3, too. Can you imagine living now without technology connections?

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  2. Lovely imagery of the tulips. And I think you've gotten theme just fine, although I honestly am not sure foresight in this world is even a thing anymore...

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  3. Your one for your mom is achingly lovely. And I LOVE tulips too---they really don't last at all, but I still love them so much.

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  4. I love skinny poems, that choosing of the best 'repeating' word, & the weaving around it. Each one's a lovely snapshot, Tricia.

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  5. These are delightful - even the one about the pandemic made me smile with its rightness for the times. I didn't know this form but think I'll be playing with it soon.

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  6. Skinny poems are a fun form to play with. Your first one, for your mom is lovely. The second, about tulips is relatable. And your third, is spot on:
    "Pandemic
    isolation
    sucks!"
    Thanks for sharing these! :)

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  7. I love the way a skinny poem can say so much in just a short burst down the page. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Wow! These are fabulous. I've tried writing a few skinny poems, and find them so difficult. When they work, they can say so much in so few words.

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  9. Tulips are one of my favorites too. I love the way you combine the show off with the coming of Spring - complex as always!

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