Here’s my T.O.M. poem inspired by “Things that grow.”
Things that Grow
My hair is growing more perverse,
Week to week from bad to worse
With tricks that seem, if not malicious,
At the very least capricious.
It stuffs my ears with tufts of hair
Like rabbits lost a fight in there.
Why do I need a third brow?
Never had one, got one now.
Elsewhere my hair aspires
To bristle from my nose like briars.
Whiskers that for years behaved
Defy my razor when they’re shaved.
My neck’s a lunar battle site
Where spiky aliens sprout at night.
My head, you ask, perchance to grin?
My hair there — of course — grows thin.
What once was brown and lushly pated
Perverse reverse has decimated.
Of those still charged to hide the dome,
None remembers cream and comb.
These ghostly stragglers soldier on,
Doomed to wisp away anon.
Our theme this month is THINGS THAT GROW. Here’s mine.
David L. Harrison
Ice was hungry this winter.
Its silent teeth ate my heart,
bit off limbs,
stripped me naked
so all could watch me die.
I wasn’t supposed to see this spring.
No one thought my sap could rise,
find a path through so much rot,
while all around me life is growing,
blooming, leafing, greening . . .
No one thought I’d grow again,
live to shelter one more nest.
Well step a little closer.
See these buds?
I’m making leaves.
Several of our November poems have included both our word (AWNING) and our theme (LEAVES), mine included. But so far we’ve had few efforts that seem focused on the theme itself. So don’t overlook your opportunity to post a second poem each month!
The idea of adding a monthly theme is to remind us that editors, teachers, and librarians usually prefer collections on a specific subject. It’s good training to exercise each month by choosing a theme suggested by one of us and working on poems that follow it.
Where or where did October go! Hmmm, I believe I said the same thing about September. Well they both passed too quickly.
So here is a nice shiny new word for November’s W.O.M. Poetry Challenge. It is AWNING. Yup, that’s what I said. Don’t like it, don’t blame me, go after Renee La Tulippe for suggesting it. Besides, I bet you can do all sorts of things with a useful word like awning. Can’t wait for you to prove it!
The Theme for the month is LEAVES. Seems like the right time for that! And guess who suggested it? Well Renee of course. This is the first time in history that the same person has provided both the word and the theme. Naturally the pressure is on Renee to produce some poems this month!