Poetry Friday is a weekly place to celebrate the power of poetry, so join me this week for another crop of poetic goodness. Our host, Jone MacCulloch, is celebrating many different events with us: the debut of her new website, recognition of the latest collaborative effort of two of my favorite poets, Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. Jone provides a sneak peek into their new book, HOP TO IT: Poems to Get You Moving. that celebrates its book birthday on October 15, 2020. Jone is also recognizing National Math Storytelling Day at #MathStorytellingDay, and #NationalBraveDay. Lastly, she invites poetry friends to write a poem that tells a math story or honors a brave woman.
My math story begins with a digital inspiration created to bring hope to the 2020-2021 school year of learning in a strange new world. I offer a Shadorma poem format that is a new one for me. It consists of a 3-5-3-3-3-7-5 syllable pattern. Pangs of nervousness swell but the excitement of challenge spurs me on. The third image prompts me to create a Zeno, a pattern featuring syllables of 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 with an "abcdefdghd rhyme scheme created by J. Patrick Lewis. The next photo allows me to try out the Poetry Princesses' challenge: use the word ponderous or an image of a hippo in any poetic format.
There is something about a writing challenge that brings on a "be brave" moment. Recalling the sailing trip with our friends, the Druckers, the freshness of the sea air and the gloriously-clear sky freed my mind of worry as summer started to drift away.
For those who missed other editions of my #EmbraceableSummer Gallery filled with poetic goodness and artistic expressions from around the globe, please click on the following: