This 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:
settles in my bones
like the cold,
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,
I can do one thing well,
walk in a circle every day,
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
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)
Anne, what an amazing poem. I’m so glad I got participate in this challenge.
Thanks, Peggy! It got easier as it went on, at least for me.
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 🙂
Thank you, Michelle! Great to have you along for the ride!