Friday, November 27, 2020

Poetry Sisters Look Back

It's another looking back month in our year of hindsight/foresight. I chose to revisit a poem from April 2019.  While I didn't revise or talk back to that poem, I did take another stab at the form. In that challenge, we wrote anagram poems. The challenge was inspired by the poem A Garden to Gander, written by Linda Baie of Teacher Dance. Linda's poem included two anagrams in each line. I wanted to play with this idea a bit more. Instead of using words as I did the first time around, my new poem largely uses phrases.

Thoughts on a Sleepless Night 
I went to bed dreaming of 
poems, words, anagrams  
I woke with questions ...
   Is the astronomer just a moon starer
   In a cat's dream, are there rats and mice
   Is a gentleman always an elegant man
   Will asteroid threats be a disaster to Earth
   When the eyes are closed, what do they see
   When voices rant on in conversation
        must you be silent and listen
  Are election results lies? (Let's recount!)

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

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. As usual, life has gotten in the way for some folks, but they'll be back for other challenges. 
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Carol of Carol's Corner. Happy poetry Friday friends!


  1. Wow, I'm slow at anagrams and have only attempted them once - they're not something I think of to noodle around with for fun - yet you managed to make these questions whimsical and clever! Brava!

  2. These are AMAZING! I'm most intrigued by listen/silent...

  3. Love this, Tricia. I especially love the simplicity of "When the eyes are closed, what do they see?" And also--your last line made me snort my Crystal Light a little bit. Wicked laugh!

  4. WHAT?!?!? THIS IS AMAZING! Gosh, I love it so much and am wowed.

  5. Sleepless nights of dancing anagrams and poetry led you to this amazing poem. It is word play at its finest! I am glad you added your last line. It made me laugh!

  6. I enjoyed: When voices rant on in conversation/ must you be silent and listen?

  7. There are so many clever, intriguing ways to play with words! This is a fun one and I'm dying to know how you came to these (if not effortlessly in your few hours of sleep).

    1. Honestly, I giggled anagram phrases and found some gems. I’m not clever enough to do this on my own!

    2. Okay, googled was autocorrected to giggled. That made me laugh!

  8. Holy cow! These really are amazing! I would love to know more about your process! This seems like it would take forever!

  9. I love this poem. I've not tried an anagram poem before and now will need think on it.