Thanks to all who suggested themes for the newest poetry challenge. I’m listing everything I received.
New poems written in a classic, American folk style:
Modern-day “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” or “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain,
JANET KAY GALLAGHER
Flowers and Plants (Everyone has at least one “Terrible Turnip” story)
Things that go “bump” in the night
I like seeing all the different things that can come out of a really specific theme, like “leaf” instead of the broader “plants.” So here’s some:
Mint ice cream
MARY NIDA SMITH
Everyday changing of the weather
Unclaimed or lost treasures
Thanks again, everyone. I’ve selected seven theme ideas that have enough depth and breadth to support a rich collection of poems. I’ll announce them as we go along but for now, I’d like to see us begin with one of Don Barrett’s suggestions: FISHING. Thanks, Don!
This will be the post to which you can add your poems. Later it might be necessary to add a special box but for now we’ll make do. You are free to write in free verse or in verse. You may be humorous or serious. The theme is flexible enough to handle poems about fish, fishermen, fishermen’s widows, tall tales, the ones that got away, Daddy’s or Mommy’s helpers, baiting hooks, cleaning fish, cooking fish, picnics at fishing camp, boats, sunburn, etc. Don’t forget that we have many young readers who visit and sometimes contribute. You don’t have to write your poem(s) for a young audience but I expect that a majority of the posted poems will have boy and girl readers in mind.
So here we go off on a new adventure. Hooray! Got your pole?