sharing a poetic LIFELINE with the world

write-picThis September I had the pleasure and privilege to share an original poem-a-day challenge on Facebook with my friends Michelle Hedgecock, Margaret Fieland, Lotus Vele, Becky La Bella, Cai Von Kugler and David Robbins.  Dave is a chat buddy of mine from New York State.  Dave floated the idea of a poetry challenge and I went along with it.  I’m glad I did!  I  managed to write, type and post 30 new poems to Facebook in September.  I also enjoyed reading and commenting everyone else’s poems.  Make visible, indeed!


Here is one of the poems I wrote during this challenge:

Butcher Shop

settles in my bones
like the cold,
stays there.

Your words are sharper
than a butcher’s cleaver
reducing me to roasts, chops,
and cold cuts.

I don’t know if it’s my own helplessness
I’m wallowing in,
or yours.

I can do one thing well,
walk in a circle every day,
stopping only
long enough
just long enough
to be buried
in 6 feet of freshly turned earth.

No, I’m not dead yet.

A stone cold heifer
just bones left now
munching on grass
dripping blood—

pooling at my hooves.

©  Anne Westlund


“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”~Robert Bresson, French Film Director


Comments on: "Make Visible: September Facebook Poetry Challenge" (4)

  1. Anne, what an amazing poem. I’m so glad I got participate in this challenge.

  2. annewestlund said:

    Thanks, Peggy! It got easier as it went on, at least for me.

  3. Anne, “Butcher Shop” is still one of my favorites of yours from the 30-day challenge, I really enjoy your style of writing. Thank you again for inviting me to participate, it was a fantastic ride, I love poetry even more(!), and I am still growing from the experience 🙂

  4. annewestlund said:

    Thank you, Michelle! Great to have you along for the ride!

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