Thursday, February 9, 2017

DMC: "She hears from her creative voice" by Tabatha Yeatts

She hears from her creative voice

The other voices—loud and grim—
clamor so I can't come in—

They draw your eye, confound your ear,
make me feel unwelcome here.

My steps are light, my scent is slight—
I come to you most every night

in dreams you might remember when
you exile the others and let me in.

© 2017 Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.

Jeannine Atkins has challenged us to write a poem that uses personified feeling. For more details, click HERE. Jeannine offers the following guidance to those feeling stuck:
"Maybe start with a character in motion and think of her main feeling. Then let her or him speak to Joy, Anxiety, Peaceful Nature, Curiosity, Grief, etc to set a dialog back and forth. Or here's a prompt: Happiness, where are you? — let Happiness answer."

Post your poem on our February 2017 padlet.  All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 24th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her latest novel-in-verse from Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster:


  1. Love this, Tabatha! Especially "My steps are light, my scent is slight"— such a slip of a girl.

  2. Thanks, Michelle (and Jeannine)! I appreciated the cool prompt.

  3. Beautiful thought Tabatha, her voice coming to her in her dreams!

  4. Catching up! This is lovely to imagine creativity having "light steps" and arriving in dreams.