Sounds of Thanksgiving
Happy Poetry Friday, friends! I appreciate your visit, and for more poetry, stop by Mary Lee's space HERE.
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday! I am so grateful for the time spent with family, nature, and my trusty notebook. I took some time throughout the holiday to walk-about my yard, listening to the sounds of Thanksgiving. After I had gathered some descriptions and noticings in my notebook, I reread them out loud. My words reminded me of a poem I had read sometime before. Does that ever happen to you? You can be reading something you wrote and suddenly you realize it sounds so familiar, like maybe you had heard it before or even written something sort of like it in the past. I love when this happens! It's a wonderful reminder to a writer that topics and words are never used up. We can always lean on earlier entries and pieces we have written.
The poem I am sharing today is a spin-off of a previous poem I had written titled, Sounds of Christmas, which itself was modeled after Walt Whitman's poem, Sounds of the Winter. You can find his poem HERE.
So remember writers, read widely and write often. Those words will become a part of your memory and will inspire many more pieces to come.
Invitation to Write:
Think about all the different pieces of literature and texts that you have read. What are the ones that stick with you? Make a list of those titles in your notebook. Now take it a step further. Write down the words, phrases or lines that you can remember by heart. Reread your writing out loud when you're done. How will you let these familiar words spark new ideas for writing? Happy writing!
12/1/2017 04:57:16 pm
There's just a new group of words in the different seasons, like fall, moving on to Thanksgiving. You've written the mood beautifully, KIesha, makes me want to sit by the fire!
12/2/2017 02:35:44 am
oooh, I love your invitation today. I am going places with my kids today. But, I have opportunities to collect sounds and reflect on my literature heritage. Thank you for the prompt. And, what a great sound-scape in your poem. It's almost like a dinner coming together ;) Thank you, Keisha!
12/2/2017 07:00:48 am
I love your focus on sounds. I connect with that trumpet of a train horn and coyote's low howl. In addition to looking for poems, I will be listening for them as well!
Mary Lee Hahn
12/3/2017 11:47:08 am
Lovely poem, filled with memory and sensory images!
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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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