On the Two-for Tuesday prompts, I usually try to combine the two pieces of the prompt, to let the opposite ideas create a dynamic tension in the poem. Plus, I hate to feel as though I am missing out on any part of an experience. Today’s is a little more complicated, and I might just have to settle for one piece. We’ll see what happens. Here’s the prompt:
- Take the phrase “Ode to a (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.
- Take the phrase “(blank) is for the Birds,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.
How they wheel and settle,
wheel and settle.
Their business is their own.
When the trees along the tracks
have lost their leaves,
and reach their naked branches
into the salmon-colored sky,
their crowns fill with crows.
Connect the dots,
a web of birds fills the world.
These are the people of the wind,
the warriors of autumn.
Watching them, even I
can turn my face toward the winter.
1. The crowd of crows. I always feel like I have to qualify this for the people who have to live more closely with them, because I, too, get tired of the purple pokeberry splotches all over my car from the starling flock in the hollow, but I love the crows that wheel and settle in the trees near the mall. I love seeing them just as the sky is beginning to turn orange, and they dot the treetops and electrical wires.
2. Challengers. They give you a chance to look at your internal world, and remind you to keep checking in with yourself and to be faithful to your inner truth.
3. Compassionate hearts.
(I wasn’t really going for a C theme today, but now I think I need to finish it out.)
4. Coffee. It gets me through the morning.
5. Creativity. Building up and creating are a great antidote to despair and rage.
May we walk in Beauty!