Most mornings Donald stops by my high school classroom before school starts. He sits on the opposite side of my desk and we talk house music, longboards, even Steve Jobs.
As far as I know, Donald hasn’t written down any poems of his own yet, but I’ve already heard the voice of poet stir during our conversations.
Recently I surprised him with an Every Day Poems subscription. Now when he drops by, we have something new to share. We drop lines from our inbox-delivered poems, checking to see if the other recognizes them. We continue to play with the images and weave them into conversations.
It’s fun. Because we share.
Tweetspeak’s May Play
Last week, we invited our readers to play with found poems, using words or phrases from Pamela Miller’s “Marilyn Monroe at the Gates of Heaven.” A found poem happens when you choose words or phrases from a text and then stretch them out into a new poem.
Some of you posted your found poems in the comment section of last week’s post.
Linda McCrae Tame wrote,
Cuddle me up and hide me
In the secret place,
Our trysting place.
In the midst of noise
And chaos all around,
You quiet me;
My heart is open.
Louise Koutavas stopped by to play, too.
If you want sprinkles
on your head, there is always
room for one more, here.
And some of you tweeted your poems using the #mayplay hashtag. Here’s a sampling …
@vnesdoly: Lord, here I come/tired and wet/Cuddle me long/ballgown me white
@llbarkat: Cuddle me in white mink/I’ll pop out of a barrel for you, /smooth fur smiling
@HaikuHughes: I fill the bathtub./ “No tap-dancing up the stairs!”/ Sugar, she’s just four.
Creative word play is good for the soul. This month, whenever you have a spare moment, grab a word (or more) from our Monday poem and stretch it out into your own poem.
Here’s how it works …
If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to Every Day Poems.
1. On Mondays, the Every Day Poem in your inbox becomes Play-Doh. Pinch off a word. Or more. Mix in your words and colors. Until yours.
2. Tweet your poems to us. Add a #mayplay hashtag so we can find it and maybe share it with the world.
3. Or leave your found poem here in the comment box for each week’s May Play post.
We’ll read your tweets and share some of your weekly play each week. At the end of the month, we’ll choose a winning poem and ask the playful poet to record his or her poem to be featured in one of our upcoming Top 10 Poetic Picks.
BONUS: Winner Takes the Chocolate
If you have a short story about why you love Every Day Poems, leave it in the comment box here or post it to your blog and leave us the link.
We’ll enter your name in a drawing for some gourmet chocolate.
Now go play.
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