My children’s poets group is finishing up writing a poem a day for the month of February. When we started I wondered how many poems we would actually write. Turns out we’ve each written a poem a day, sometimes two. Between the four of us we have written over a hundred poems this month. It’s been a rich experience in so many ways.
Today I wrote an ekphrastic poem (a poem inspired by a piece of art) on Grant Wood’s painting Spring Turning. You can view the painting here: http://www.reynoldahouse.org/collections/object/spring-turning. I decided to write it as a pantoum, a form I’ve long enjoyed and admired, but felt daunted to try. (In a pantoum the second and fourth lines of one stanza are repeated in the first and third lines of the next stanza.) Thanks to being on day 27 of a poem a day, I put “daunted” aside, and wrote.
Thank you to Anastasia Suen for hosting Poetry Friday. Visit http://www.pinterest.com/anastasiabooks/poetry-friday-22814/ for plentiful links to poetry.
Pantoum on Spring Turning inspired by Spring Turning by Grant Wood, 1936 pulling plows, preparing for planting around the edge of a grand square they go horses are a farmer’s helpmates turning hills of grass to growing places around the edge of a grand square they go working horses who sleep in warm barns turning hills of grass to growing places hills to be filled with food working horses who sleep in warm barns pulling plows, preparing for planting hills to be filled with food horses are a farmer’s helpmates © Karin Fisher-Golton, 2014