Prelude to Spring: A Skinny #WritingwithWoolf #NaPoWriMo2020 #NationalPoetryMonth

For National Poetry Month, I am writing poems inspired by words, sentences, and images in Virginia Woolf’s Diary.

Yesterday we went for a walk in Wind Cave National Park. There is no green yet to prairie grasses, and I didn’t think there was anything visibly growing. But when I left the path to give an older couple a whole lot of social distancing space, I noticed something I hadn’t seen before.

Hidden in all that dead grass, two blooming pasqueflowers! The Internet shows flashy purple pasqueflowers, but where I live, they are usually he palest lavender, sometimes nearly white.

I’m still working with the diary passage from yesterday: “all the prelude to Spring–the vague discomfort & melancholy & a feeling of having come to anchor.”

Today’s form is a skinny, which is quite constrained. Created by Truth Thomas, it consists of 11 lines. Lines 1 and 11 can be any length but they must each use the same words, though rearrangement of words is allowed. Lines 2-10 consist of just one word each, and lines 2, 6, and 10 repeat the same word.

Day #11: Prelude to Spring: A Skinny

Still winter on the yellow prairie
on the still wintry yellow prairie.





2 responses to “Prelude to Spring: A Skinny #WritingwithWoolf #NaPoWriMo2020 #NationalPoetryMonth”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    I love how the word wait shouts at me in this poem as if telling me to notice. That’s what we do as poets, isn’t it?

  2. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    I think skinny poems are quite challenging, but this worked well! Spring has finally made its arrival here, and I am so glad the wait is over!

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