First off, I just wanted to share the good news that Tammy and I learned earlier this week (via ultrasound) that we’re expecting a girl this time around. You can read more about this over at my personal blog. As some of you may know, I have four boys already, so it’s exciting to learn this next one, who appears quite healthy and active, will be a girl.
For the prompt this week, write a “one of these days” poems. In my mind, this kind of poem is one that is written with the attitude of either “one of these days, I’m going to do (blank),” or, “one of these days, I’m going to quit (blanking).” Of course, I’m always open to any other interpretations of the prompt as well.
Also, including the phrase “one of these days” in the poem or the title is optional; I’m more interested in conveying that sense of wanting change but still implying that the time’s not quite right yet.
Here’s my attempt:
You better believe that one of these days
I’m going to get me a girl and hold
her close against the world. She’ll press her face
against windows and want to explore cold
evenings in the forest. And I’ll let
her bend light with her voice and shoot moonbeams
from her eyes. Everyone knows she’ll get
anything she wants, and she’ll make the dreams
of the world sweeter even as she jumps
from one puddle to the next like a boy.
And she’ll, of course, make the world cry for more,
more, more. Though she’ll dance along the tree stumps
and she will sing her songs that bring pure joy,
the always spinning world will ask for more.
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Unsure what kind of poem I wrote today?
Find the answer in The Poetry Dictionary, by John Drury. It is loaded with poetic forms, poetic terms, and other interesting information, including the history of some poetic schools. It’s part poetry dictionary/part poetry encyclopedia, but it’s always on my desk.