#Verselove 2022 – Day 4

Hi, all:

I’ve decided, as much as possible, to participate in the remarkable space that is #VerseLove2022, put together by ethicalela.com . Each day in April (National Poetry Month), a prompt is provided by one of the participants. It comes in the form of a mentor text, and then a poem that the day’s facilitator has written based on that text. I need to send a thank you out to Joel Garza (@JoelRGarza) on Twitter for posting that he was going to take part, which sent me off to look at the event. The other expectation is to read other poems that are being written and posted, and give some positive feedback. Let me be clear that this is a humbling experience. The people taking part in this process can write! Among them is Kevin Hodgson, who is one of the people that helped me make the decision to create this blog years ago. (thanks, Kevin).

Please consider coming over and joining in, if that appeals to you. The poems and prompts would also be great to use with a writing class.

I will try to post each day’s poem here, as time allows.

Today’s prompt was to find a “seed” at the end of another writer’s poem, and to begin yours there. https://www.ethicalela.com/burrows-and-seeds/

I know there’s more to go with this one. I took my “seed” from Tammi, who wrote:

“Before we act/Before we love/Before we heal/ And the world just darkness.”

Before we act,

We must prepare

must ensure that all is there.

Must check the boxes, dot the t’s

What would happen should someone see

Our fear?

Before we heal

we must first bleed.

Must see our wounds, and name our need.

Must cry for those we could not mend

Take that fear, and call it friend,

and live.


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