Today we have another poem written from a poetry prompt. You can find the prompt list here. I chose the first one, which says:
Grab the closest book. Go to page 29. Write down 10 words that catch your eye. Use 7 of words
in a poem. For extra credit, have 4 of them appear at the end of a line.
Fun! I work in a bookstore, so it was, actually, hard to figure out which book was closest. I actually have four poetry books sitting on my desk, but it didn’t seem right to choose those. So I looked to my left instead of my right and found a copy of Where the Red Fern Grows. I don’t know about you guys, but that book scarred me for life. I’ve been afraid of axes ever since.
It has amazing words in it, though. I found these on page 29:
Needless to say, it was not difficult to form a vision with these words to prompt me. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Much of my life is colored by those years. I related to all of the words in this list…except pokeberry. But I do like the word!
Anyway, this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy:
Memory Bank By Michelle Garren-Flye Spiderwebs hang shaggy from dusty doorframes in this old house in my mind. I keep the memories I treasure there: winter coats laying on the oil stove to warm before we step out into cold mountain air. We laugh when the polyester scorches, leaving small holes on the interior that no one can see, anyway. I discard the patched up jeans that made me sigh and the battles with the comb in Mama’s hand. It’s best to forget some things.