May 21, 2010

What is Important is More Important than the Important

butterflyProfessor David Morley presents the fourth Poetry Challenge "in which we plunge into the woods of poetry, make up magical tales and songs, and leave before dawn with our poems in baskets." This episode is about creating poems that live and making our own small truths.

Don't be shy about sharing your responses to this poetry challenge here on the blog where others will be able to appreciate them.

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  1. Helena

    Perfect timing – I listened to your challenge as I was waiting for something to come in the post and this poem arrived instead…in the form of a letter, as set down in the challenge.
    Mmh, it’s probably a bit too nostalgic and sentimental.

    The Post Came

    The postman brought your envelope today.
    I opened it gently, tenderly unwrapped the newspaper
    You had nested the precious cargo in -
    A small rosette of silken ribbon for your grandson.

    I thought about you buying it in the shop
    Flicking through many before choosing one
    Checking it for flaws, shaking the medal
    To see that it was strong enough to pin on him

    To guard him through the day, his First Communion.
    A day of sun and ritual, the girls in white
    The boys in new black blazers, each lapel
    Ablaze with a white rosette and tiny medallion.

    And none more bright than the one my son will wear
    For a parcel from his grandmother came today
    And in it, wrapped in old news, was the love
    That beats at the heart of all old stories

    The centrepiece of family and of home
    Something once requested and a duty done.
    I wrapped it all up carefully again
    That he might open for himself this precious bloom.

    24 May 2010, 13:22

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