Stories are stitches of memories sewn together.
|List created by Rebecca Herzog|
"I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”
Please take a walk with me to view the enchanting, macabre, and bizarre front-yard decorations in my neighborhood. Displays entice me to create a #Poemtober collection of artistic expressions alongside my poet friend Rebecca Herzog with her prompt words. What I share in images each week may bring you to a state of delight or have you gawking in disbelief or shock.
I'll start by sharing my thinking on how to begin a Poemtober collection this year. Not only will I choose a word to prompt my thinking but I will pair it with a front yard decoration dressed in a seasonal look and perhaps digitize it to create a story of stitched memories.
Below you will find my first Poemtober sequence prompted by the word enchanting. While there are many Halloweenish displays going up around the neighborhood, I thought the word enchanting would be a great place to start. The word enchanting allows me to weave the boldness and vibrancy of the autumn season into poem.
One evening during a walk, I noticed the darkening colors of night surrounding the neighborhood houses. Trees were lurking in shadows as the sky opened to a speckling of stars. The title, October's Blackdraped Evening, came into being by pressing the words black and draped together to create a mood. Irene Latham does suggest this tip in her latest publication, This Poem Is A Nest. I took Irene's advice a step further and wrote my own next poem as the source text for nestlings, small poems originating from the nest poem.
Autumn whispers in the wind as evening
cozily closes under a blackdraped sky.
Cricket sounds sing in tune with
each other and rich-colored leaves
slip and slide across concrete walks
and roadways. Some, wet with afternoon
rain, wait for passersby to pick up
one or two for decorations.
Grey squirrels scamper
in delight wondering where acorns
are stashed without noticing them
along the roadway. A few dogs proudly
lead their humans, bedazzled with
masks, to greet fellow canines.
October's evening blush lingers as stars
speckle in an indigo sky and
enchanted eventide wishes
flow through crispclean air.
The nest poem is based on Using Irene Latham's book, This Poem Is A Nest, as the mentor text, I created my own nest and nestling poems.
Wind whispers under stars.
October's leaves greet evening.
Autumn rain, scamper!
Along roadway, evening lingers.
Stars speckle sky.
Enchanted wishes flow!
autumn leaves scamper
noticing October's stars-
wind cozily slides
where acorns greet
Stay tuned for the next installment of Poemtober.
It will not be for the faint of heart.
Now, it is time for me to join the Poetry Friday Roundup. Janice Scully is the host today sharing some photos from Syracuse in Central New York, my home town. Ah, autumn there is lovely. Janice fills my heart with thoughts, original poems, and images of the season, ending with an inspirational quote.