Games are the most elevated form of investigation.
– Albert Einstein
At the beginning of this month, Tabatha Yeatts challenged us to write a poem about a game (which, if you ask me, is also a pretty elevated form of investigation). She elaborated:
It could be a board game, a sport, a fictional game—any kind of game—and the narrator could be in the middle of playing it or teaching you how to play or telling how it went very wrong or the poem itself could be a game.
The Game of Life has been tough these days.
|"Life" by Will Folsom|
Many more Snakes than Ladders
|"Snakes and Ladders" by Jacqui Brown|
and plenty of Trouble and Sorry! to go around
have made some want to throw their hands up in defeat—
|"You sunk my battleship!" by Derek Gavey|
It's true, finding joy these days has been no Trivial Pursuit,
|"Jara vs. Trivial Pursuit" by Manuel J. Prieto|
but I'm grateful for online communities like ours that are still going strong—coming together as we always do to write, listen, share, and otherwise lighten the load for one another.
It leaves me with a feeling something like this . . .
Thank you to everyone who contributed a poem this month and/or supported others with comments, and special thanks to Tabatha for inspiring our month-long poetry game-a-thon!
Scroll through the poems below or CLICK HERE to open a new tab.
If you would like to write a poem about a game, visit Tabatha's spotlight interview for instructions and then click on the pink dot with the plus sign to add your poem to the padlet. While there aren't many days left in March, I'll be leaving this padlet open indefinitely, so feel free to add to it at any point in the future.
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH PREVIEW
|Samantha Aikman from Mount Mansfield Union High School in Richmond, Vermont, |
has been named the winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students.
With National Poetry Month just around the corner, there are many places besides Today's Little Ditty to gather together and celebrate poetry. Many thanks to Jama Rattigan for rounding up next month's poetry projects at Jama's Alphabet Soup.
At Today's Little Ditty, I will be introducing a new series called "Lessons from the Bookshelf" where I take an in-depth look at educational books about writing poetry. Beginning Friday, April 3rd, I will focusing on My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking Your Truth by Patrice Vecchione (Seven Stories Press, March 31, 2020). I hope you'll join me!
MARY LEE HAHN
Congratulations, Mary Lee!
The Opposite of Indifference.