|"Eye of the beholder" by Tim Kirman|
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
At the beginning of November, Carol Hinz challenged us to write a poem that finds beauty in something not usually considered beautiful.
It's a marvelous quest, isn't it?
Even if we carried this challenge over December and into the new year, I doubt that we would run short of poetry. So many wonderful poems graced the padlet this month! Far more than I had opportunity to feature as daily ditties. I hope you'll take your time with this collection—it may yield you some fresh perspective... and throw in a few oohs and ahhs for good measure.
Scroll through the poems below, or for best viewing, CLICK HERE.
Thank you to everyone who contributed a poem, commented, or followed along, and thanks most especially to Carol Hinz for encouraging us to take this journey to find the beautiful.
As Emerson said, the rest is up to us. I know it's a challenge I'll carry with me.
Would you like to write a poem that finds beauty in something not usually considered beautiful?
Post it on our November 2017 padlet by 5:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, November 30th, and I will add it to the wrap-up presentation.
Alternatively, you may enter the giveaway by commenting below. Comments must also be received no later than 5:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, November 30th. If you contribute a poem and comment below, you will receive two entries in total.
The winner will be determined by Random.org and announced next Friday, December 1st.
Many thanks to everyone who came by last week to help me celebrate the launch of The Best of Today's Little Ditty 2016! I was touched by so many expressions of support and congratulations, and raised a toast to you at my Thanksgiving table.
Carol's Corner for this week's Poetry Friday roundup.
So much beauty to be found in this collection,Michelle. It is hard to choose a favourite.ReplyDelete
I finally wrote a poem to this challenge yesterday after a walk in City Park in New Orleans. We came upon some amazing graffiti. I tried to post in the padlet but I couldn't get it to work. Here's a link: https://reflectionsontheteche.com/2017/11/24/poetry-friday-graffiti-girl/ReplyDelete
Never mind. I was clicking the wrong padlet link. Got it now. Thanks.Delete
Thank YOU, Michelle, for all your good works and for the ways you give yourself to the world. xoReplyDelete
I jumped over to the padlet and read all of the poems. Wow! So much beauty! I so admire all of you who do this writing every month! Thanks for hosting this monthly challenge!ReplyDelete
Hi Michelle! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! I can't believe it's the end of the month already! Yikes! Fortunately, I completed my challenge poem early this month!ReplyDelete
Carol's challenge has made us look and look again, and so much 'beauty' emerged. Thanks for each month's wonders, Michelle and all poets who wrote, too. I enjoyed the unique poems today!ReplyDelete
Amazing that a brief challenge by Carol Hinz brought forth such a gorgeous celebration of the the little and big things in life. You are creating something special here, Michelle.ReplyDelete
So many wonderful words and images in this month's collection--love the beauty found. (And I added mine to the pad let--thanks for the reminder, Michelle.)ReplyDelete
Another fabulous ditty challenge! So glad I slipped under the wire!ReplyDelete
Hi Michelle, this sure is a rich collection, I agree too many to choose from. I loved all the images that were included with the poems. BTW I didn't happen to see my poem that I submitted on Nov. 10th so I added it again in your padlet. I attached it at the bottom and it's called DEAR DARLING CENTIPEDE. Thanks for putting this all together!ReplyDelete
I'm so sorry your poem never showed up on the padlet earlier this month, Michelle! As far as I know, that's the first time that's happened. I noticed that I hadn't seen anything from you this month, but just assumed it was because you were busy. :(Delete
No worries, perhaps I didn't press something correctly after I entered it. It was a fun challenge!Delete
Love this concept and reading where poets found beauty. Well done, all.ReplyDelete
So much loveliness wrapped up in surprising packages. I was struck by how many poems addressed death and rebirth--especially in gardening terms. There is so much comfort in the cycle of life and death and life again.ReplyDelete
What a fantastic challenge. It encouraged so many beautiful results.ReplyDelete
Wow - what a range of subjects and emotions! Great assemblage this month. I was particularly smitten with Buffy's "Old Cherry," Keri's "Sharing," Rebekah's "True Whole" and Kay's "Cane Toad Chorus" (along with Juanita's gorgeous "Oxblood Red" you featured today) - but it was wonderful reading them all.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful collection -- evokes such a broad spectrum of emotions! Congratulations to everyone who contributed! I got wrapped up in work deadlines and holiday prep this month, and didn't get much writing done. Hoping I can rise to the challenge in December!ReplyDelete