Monasteries of the Heart

Poem-May 2012

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Poetry always goes to the “heart of the matter.” So once a month this blog presents a poem for you to play with. To get things started I ask a question or two and put in a writing prompt that I play with.

This May poem by William Carlos WillIams doesn’t make sense if you try to make it a sentence, but makes perfect sense when you read the title and then the poem.

THE
LOCUST TREE
IN FLOWER

by William Carlos Williams

Among
of
green

stiff
old
bright

broken
branch
come

white
sweet
May

again

1. How is this poem like the month of May? What words would you use to describe May?

2. Now it’s your turn to try a one-word per line poem or to just play with words. Try free associating down a page and see what happens. Here’s my effort.

FISH FRY

sleeps
sun
turtle

among
bass
leaping

from
spring
lagoon

into
frying
pan

sizzling