|"A View to Remember" by Marjan Lazarevski|
Only be willing to search for poetry, and there will be poetry:
My soul, a tiny speck, is my tutor.
Evening sun and fragrant grass are common things,
But, with understanding, they can become glorious verse.
– Yuan Mei
May's ditty challenge has been all about finding glorious verse in common things.
|Read my Two Line Tuesday post related to this month's challenge HERE.|
At the beginning of the month, Julie Fogliano challenged us "to stare out the window and write what you see." She elaborated:
Is there a bird out there? What is it doing? Is anyone walking by? Where do you think they’re going? Is it raining? What does it sound like? Is there a car going by? A train? It doesn’t have to be anything big or exciting that you write about. Just write what you see. Do that everyday for a week. At the end of the week, read through what you wrote and write your favorite bits on a separate piece of paper. I bet there will be a poem in there somewhere… see if you can find it.
Apparently, many of you did see birds—
along with a few squirrels, a cat or two, and numerous signs of the seasonal changeover.
On a personal note, I'm wondering if this is the month I break my track record and neglect to write something. It would be a shame—I haven't missed a challenge since the Ditty of the Month Club's inception in May 2014! But the month isn't over yet, so I guess there's still a chance. I'll be sharing a few more daily ditties next week.
Whether your view is grand . . .
or more subdued . . .
your poetic perspective is always welcome here.
Many thanks to those of you who have already shared your window view, and especially to Julie Fogliano for the opportunity to slow down and let the world come knocking.
Scroll through the poems below, or for best viewing, CLICK HERE.
Inspired to write about what's outside your window?
There's still time. . .
Post your poem on our May 2018 padlet by 5:00 pm (EST) on Thursday, May 31st, 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, May 31st. If you contribute a poem and comment below, you will receive two entries in total.
The winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced next Friday, June 1st.
Reflections on the Teche. Thanks to a photo and poetry exchange among PF regulars, you'll find many more views and poetic responses. Enjoy!