Thursday, March 22, 2018

DMC: "Leave a Messed-Up Mind Clear" by Sydney O'Neill

          ~with a line from "Truth, by Tyrone Bittings"

Poetry can hang around, or leave
and then again drop in, easy like a
friend who understands the messed-up
hour, day, year of muddled mind
and helps to find a thought that’s clear.

© 2018 Sydney O'Neill. All rights reserved.

"Truth, by Tyrone Bittings" © 2018 Nikki Grimes, from BETWEEN THE LINES.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Nikki Grimes. She has challenged us to write a golden shovel poem using a line from one of the poems in the post.

Leave your golden shovel on our March 2018 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, March 30th, and one lucky participant will win a copy of her new companion novel to Bronx Masquerade:


  1. I know that muddled mind all too well, I'm afraid. What you say about poetry helping us to see through the mess is so true, though, Sydney. This golden shovel is a great example. :)

  2. Oh my, Sydney...this is so spot on...I love your sentiment...however did you manage to get all of that into so few use the required words. This is masterful!

  3. This is fabulous, Sydney! Wonderful thoughts and so well done!

  4. Poetry and friends, necessary parts of staying sane. This is an impressive Golden Shovel poem.

  5. You capture vulnerability and hope in the smallest spaces, Sydney. Bravo!