Friday, March 9, 2018

March Musings #9: Inspired to Write

Another challenge comes my way from my poetry friend, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes at Today's Little Ditty. This month, when Michelle interviewed Nikki Grimes, the master of golden shovels, she asked Nikki to pose a writing challenge. You can see it below.

Take a line from one of the poems included in this post, and turn that line into a golden shovel poem.  That is done by lining up the words of the original line in the right column, one word at a time, and create a new line ending in each word. If the borrowed line, called a striking line, is five words long, you will end up with a five line poem. If it is 7 words long, you would end up with a seven line poem, and so on. Have fun!


The following March Musings were inspired by both Michelle Barnes and Nikki Grimes.

Line Lifted:
"A poem can strip away fear" from Truth by Tryone Bittings

When issues come a
calling, search for a poem
Hidden? Dig deep. It can
soothe the tired soul, strip
the edginess away, 
rid underlying fear.
©CVarsalona, 2018

Line Lifted:

"revealing heart, truth...and, I might add, hope." by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

My pen writes, revealing
murmurings of my heart.
My mind speaks with truth
spilling forth from thoughts and
actions crusted over as I
reveal life's pages that might
shrink in memory and add
layers of infinite hope
©CVarsalona, 2018

Notice from Michelle H. Barnes:

Leave your golden shovel on our March 2018 padlet. 
While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on March 30th, and one lucky participant will win a copy of Nikki Grimes' new companion novel to Bronx Masquerade.


Day 9 of Two Writing Teachers' March Slice of Life Story Challenge

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