Bones: Giving Words New Meaning
It's the eve of National Poetry Month! How exciting it is to have a whole month to celebrate poetry in all its glory. To kick it all off, our dear friend Amy is hosting the round-up today. You can find her at The Poem Farm where she is gathering and tending to all the poetry seedlings today.
The month of April will be filled with spring beginnings and blooming poetry. As winter bows to spring and ushers in a new season of change, I am reminded of what remains the same. There is such beauty in life's natural course. No matter the season, fulfilling a purpose-whatever that might be, is really the bones of it all.
Invitation to Write:
Today's poem sprouted from a single word. The word "bones" popped into my head as I sat outside admiring the winter trees one day. Maybe that happens to you sometimes. What do you do with words that pop into your head? Whenever this happens to me, I reach for my pen and immediately jot that word down. Then, I think of how I could use that word in a way that it is not normally thought of or used to describe something else.
For example, when I was writing my poem, I thought about how the trees looked like bones without their summer leaves. I thought to myself, one does not typically think of trees as having bones. Yes, I was on the right track! This led me even further to thinking about how the word bones could be used to describe things in a different way other than the typical white pieces of skeleton in humans and animals. Can you find other words I used to describe or explain something in a different way other than the more common way the word is used?
So the next time a word pops into your head, be sure to write it down. Have some fun using the word in a different way than it is usually meant in order to describe something in a not so ordinary way!
3/31/2017 03:08:46 am
Such much richness you've magically
3/31/2017 08:34:48 am
Yes, your imagination takes us to a new look at those trees. If I think of bare bones, I also imagine the next step, needing to 'dress' them, Kiesha. Your words inspire today!
3/31/2017 09:21:36 am
How much happier our lives could be if we could take the time to find the beauty and the purpose in everyday moments and everyday occurrences, like stark bare branches on wintery trees.
3/31/2017 10:11:37 am
Winter trees smile today as they have been honored and studied and lifted to the light through your poem! Bones. You are right about that. Thank you, Kiesha. Happy Poetry Friday...and all month long! xx
3/31/2017 01:20:44 pm
I love the comparison to candlesticks. Beautiful poem, Kiesha!
3/31/2017 01:38:30 pm
Oh, your poem captures my fascination with stark winter branches against the sky. I could look at them for hours. Beautiful poem!
3/31/2017 02:25:57 pm
"Shouldn't we be so lucky" - indeed, Keisha! In the desert we don't go through the seasons quite the same way as in other parts of the country, but we do get bare branches for a finite amount of time. And now when I witness this marvel, I will think of your poem. Thank you!
Kiesha, a lovely poem. I really like these lines:
4/1/2017 04:26:02 am
There is something remarkable about the way you invited us into your world in stages....words, poems, natural beauty. I feel refreshed every time I visit. I do love trees and the metaphor they are for so much. Tree bones. huh!
Mary Lee Hahn
4/2/2017 07:12:37 am
Love. This. So. Much.
4/3/2017 09:22:25 pm
Trees are a favorite of mine, I never tire of them and am always seeing new forms in their branches. You've penned a beautiful tribute to trees!
4/19/2018 08:43:11 pm
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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