Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DMC: "Ode to a Conch" by Mindy Gars Dolandis


Beautiful conch, Neptune’s blushing sunset charm,
perfumed by saline sand and seaweed. I lift your
cool, smooth alabaster to my ear and you
sing a whooshing symphony, a
melodious banquet that feeds my soul. 
What mysteries do you hold? The
history of eons. 

© 2017 Mindy Gars Dolandis. All rights reserved.

Helen Frost has challenged us to write an ode poem this month, following these instructions: 
Choose an object (a seashell, a hairbrush, a bird nest, a rolling pin). It should not be anything symbolic (such as a doll, a wedding ring, or a flag). Write five lines about the object, using a different sense in each line (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell). Then ask the object a question, listen for its answer, and write the question, the answer, or both.
Click HERE to read her sample poem, "Ode to a River."

Post your poem on our March 2017 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, March 31st, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her latest novel-in-poems from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/Macmillan:


  1. Thanks for this beautiful taste of summer, Mindy! I especially love "Neptune's blushing sunset charm" and the alliteration of "saline sand and seaweed" that allows me to smell the perfume and hear the whooshing song at the same time.

  2. I hear the rolling waves calling me, again. Appreciations Mindy!

  3. Oh how I long to hear a "whooshing symphony"! Excellent ode, Mindy! =)