We like to celebrate National Poetry Month here at the Forest Lodge Library! Last year we asked local residents and visitors to “put a word in the window” and invited poets to wander around town, collect words and write a poem. In past years we have done black-out poetry, where people find poems within all the words printed on the page of a book…and then black out the words they don’t need. We’ve cut words and phrases out of magazines and invited people to pick and assemble poems from them. This year we’ve got yet another idea: a poetry prompt! Each week we’ll give you a word or a phrase and invite you to create a poem of any style or length around it or about it. It could be a poem in pictures. It could be your Tik Tok performance of your poem! Send your poems to Library Director Kristine Lendved at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could also print it off and mail it to us at P O BOX 176, Cable, WI 54821. Or you could drop it off at the library…or through the slot in the front door. Please submit your poem … or poems…for any and all weeks by May 8th. We’ll award a gift certificate for each week’s winner and (if our poets will allow it) will publish the submitted poems here on the website and on our Facebook page.
Prompt for the fourth (and final!) week in April, 4/25- 5/1 is:
The waking Earth
Here, to inspire you, is a poem by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in the family of things.