I Am a Vast Rolling Prairie: Slice of Life #sol19 20/31

One of my favorite teacher-bloggers, Margaret Simon, left the most astonishing comment on my blog post yesterday: she found a poem in my slice! Margaret is a wonderful poet, and this piece of praise lifted my spirits all day. As I stepped into my office this morning, wondering what I would write about, I saw Margaret’s beautiful book of poems and writing and drawing prompts (along with photographs and illustrations by other artists), Bayou Song: Creative Explorations of the South Louisiana Landscape, sitting on the table by the chaise where I write. I opened it and felt inspired by the first very poem. So today, the South Dakota prairie talks to the Louisiana bayou.

From Margaret Simon’s Bayou Song

I am a vast rolling prairie.
I rise and fall like waves on the ocean.
I echo hawk, eagle, and meadowlark.
I wonder who would describe me as empty.

I am a vast rolling prairie.
I bend as the wind blows.
I touch hoof and feather and claw.
I nurture cottonwood, pronghorn, and prairie dog.

I am a vast rolling prairie.
I remember the bellow of bison.
I root twenty feet into the earth.
I say fortitude lives here.
I hold my secrets close.

17 responses to “I Am a Vast Rolling Prairie: Slice of Life #sol19 20/31”

  1. I hope others can feel the love across the miles between our posts this morning. This is a beautiful poem. You inspired me to write another I am poem about the super moon. Thanks. I am going to post this on Bayou Song’s Facebook page!

    • I am so glad you found inspiration for more writing! When I dipped into Bayou Song yesterday, I only looked at three poems–and I wanted to write from all three! Your work is such an amazing invitation to keep writing.

  2. Love Margret’s poems, and I was excited when I read her comment on your post. I’m looking forward to seeing what she found! Your poem is beautiful and even before I saw your image, I saw it through your words. I think a couple of years ago, Julianne, you and I exchanged where we live type of slices. We went from the midwest to the prairie to the ocean. And now, the bayou! Beautiful slice today!

    • One of the joys of slicing is getting to travel around the world and learn more about different places. The prairie always inspires me to write, and it’s even better when there is that writing community and we are writing to and with and from each other!

  3. Between you and Margaret, my day today is full of beauty. I love this response to Margaret’s poem. I visited KS this summer for the first time & your description of the South Dakota prairie took me right back. So many great lines, but I think my favorite is “I say fortitude lives here.” Gorgeous.

  4. What a beautiful response to Margaret’s poem! This line filled me with sorrow – “I remember the bellow of bison.” But my favorite line? “I rise and fall like waves on the ocean.”

  5. How wonderful to write poems back and forth to each other! I’ve never thought of writing a poem from the point of view of a place. I may suggest that to my creative writing students when I see them again on Friday. A few of them are still looking for ideas to hook them into poetry, and this approach might be just the ticket!

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