If you read my mother’s poem, “My Hobby,” you know she didn’t like fishing. But she wrote a poem about trying the fishing derby–which didn’t really exist, but made a good story–and then going back to reading her book. That was her poem.
Imagine the people listed in these pictures: David Wallace impersonating George Washington AND posing with a Flat Grace paper doll; me, shivering on an icy path on Colorado’s Helen Hunt Falls; my husband Jim posing with his granddaughter’s Flat Grace paper doll project under Balanced Rock in the Garden of the Gods.
These aren’t things we especially wanted to do, especially in the winter, but if we had to write short poems about the experiences, we would keep them light, fast, and probably embellished for interest.
Have fun with this contest! There is NO entry fee but there are CASH PRIZES, plus you have an extra day to write in February this month. Talk about a good omen! Rhymed, free verse, haikus, limericks–your choice. But please count your words and keep the total at 50 or fewer. Give your poem a “Title”–it doesn’t count in the total word count–and write the poem in the comment section under this blog (or the comment section of the February Contest Instructions in the Menu Bar). If you’ll please sign your first name under the poem, and the state where you live, it will help us log in the entries for the judges.
Pretend my sweet 93-year-old mother is smiling at you, waving her hand, and saying, “Oh, go ahead, darlin’, you can do it. Write a poem!”
(Contest ends Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at midnight, Mountain Time)