I do not consider myself a poet. I do, however, keep trying. I find it extra difficult when I hear that poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, or have a special meaning, or anything. I can make a story into a poem. Since, I’m not that “in to” poetry I don’t read much of it and don’t read books about it. However, I do spend time with poets who I admire and some of it has, perhaps, rubbed off.
In November I didn’t have the time to do my usual challenge at National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) so I chose to do the poem-a-day challenge through Writer’s Digest magazine on-line. Robert Brewer posts a prompt a day and then people can post their own creations. In early January the results can be sent in for a chapbook. You can see Day One at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2013-november-pad-chapbook-challenge-day-1
About a week into it I showed my poems to a trusted friend and she made some comments and suggestions. I felt good. She said they were good. She told me to cut them down and make them tighter. I tried but editing poems is even harder than writing them, for me at least.
Feeling brave I offer my first poem from the prompt: “an appearing poem.”
Appearing just beyond
my range of sight,
among the gravestones
of long gone lives,
a ghostly shape takes form.
It weaves among the markers
I search for hint or clue,
to who they were.
I look for answers from my ancestors
who know where I came from
and who I am.
Two of my friends joined the challenge and are doing their own editing. Please go take a look at C. B. Wentworth’s blog and the first comment from Michelle Venne. I feel honored to know them both. http://cbwentworth.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/building-a-chapbook/
Okay, I know there is a way to make those links look better but I can’t figure it out.