2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Finish today, and you’ll be 10% through the challenge. That’s pretty significant, right?

For today’s prompt, write a blanket poem. In my part of the country, we’ve had a recent cold spell and folks have been cuddling up under their blankets. In other places, they’ve even had to deal with a blanket of snow. Some people–regardless of the weather–have their security blankets, which may or may not be actual blankets. And some folks make blanket statements. There may be other ways to cover a blanket poem and if you know it, then go for it.

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Here’s my attempt at a Blanket poem:

“Blankets”

When I was young
blankets could build
entire worlds

whether it was
a house or fort
holding together

pillow cushions
or underground
tunnels or a space

ship that eventually
would crash land
in the living room

a brand new world.

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He doesn’t play with blankets as much as he used to, but he’s still found ways to put them to great use. For the most part, he’s passed the torch to his five little poets who can build incredible things and travel to amazing places in the security of the living room.

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231 thoughts on “2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    pendleton
    by juanita lewison-snyder

    turquoise and chevrons have
    always been my best friends,
    from childhood through college,
    and of course my mama hen phase.
    they’ve seen me through
    sorrels and chestnuts
    buckskins and bays,
    but for all my riding
    seem to favor the greys.

    each time i lay this pendleton beauty
    across my grey’s eager back,
    taking care to smooth out wrinkles and folds
    ~ to protect against sores, distribute my weight
    i’m reminded how resilient, and comforting
    wool over cotton and synthetics can be
    and how much i miss the first one
    from mama back in the day.

    hand on the pommel, the other the cantle
    and in one smooth stroke the saddle is on,
    a long string cinch hangs under the belly
    while a stirrup donuts itself on the horn.
    stressed leather straps pass through a d-ring
    then double back in a tight texas loop,
    clutching the reins, leg up as my grey moves
    my turquoise and chevrons along for the ride.

    © 2014 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. Mark Danowsky

    National Security Blanket

    When you get the blanket thing you can relax because everything you could ever want or be you already have and are. – I Heart Huckabees (2004)

    If Homeland Security existed in the 20s or 50s
    theorists would point a conspiratorial finger

    I don’t want to get bogged down in lingo
    about transitional objects

    A clearly seminal 2012 study revealed
    35% of British adults sleep with a teddy bear

    The security or “comfort” blanket does not
    have the weight of Teddy’s back story

    Scout’s honor, I was attached to my blanky.
    It even had an accomplice—“Blanky’s friend”

    No need to be too embarrassed, I mean
    Blanky sounds like a gangster

    Admit your complicity.

    Personal accounts aside, notably since
    I was never a Scout

    We need to dig deeper into the origin story
    of security blankets

    It might be a matter of national security.
    We’ve started wars over less.

  3. Khara House

    Pillow talk

    Oh give me the world beneath this quilt
    where our world is painted rum
    tint hues and the sky awash
    in ocean views and give me
    a ship to sail. Oh give me a sea
    of heather green—a tree fort
    piecemeal and serene—
    a lilac thread to tie us down
    and cherry lips to wander.
    Oh give me a lambskin
    to rest my head, a hill of you
    to chase the stars,
    your song unsung and sheets unread—
    oh give me that ship to sail.

  4. Gwyvian

    Starlight

    That thick light weight has trapped me,
    celestial blankets smothering thought with
    shimmering dust—
    I am emptied with a glance at immortal void,
    network of impulses in a god’s brain,
    I am touched by fires that chill me to the bone
    with the antediluvian wisdom twinkling,
    each a leviathan lost in an unimaginable ocean:
    a blanket of dream-substance scattered
    across a timeless ripple that echoes in heart
    and body: the vibration of cold eternity…

    November 3, 2014

    By: Lucy K. Melocco

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