Day 4 of 30 of National Poetry Month #VerseLove
Jennifer Guyor Jowett is our host today at wee.ethicalela.com for VerseLove. She inspires writers to use burrowing seeds from other poems to inspire an original poem. I have taken a line from Jennifer Jowett’s poem and one from my writing group buddy Kevin’s this morning to inspire my writing as I sit just feet from the two rooms at the Grove Park Inn where F. Scott Fitzgerald summered as a place of respite as he wrote The Great Gatsby. Fran Haley, another of my writing friends, has a photograph of her sitting in his room at his desk. Oh, how I would love that experience. I strolled Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia yesterday and was inspired by Jennifer’s line Turn Seed to Stem, and write this morning hoping F’s fingers are ghostly guides of mine this morning with Kevin’s lines Keep watch for dust, falling in flight as I keep peeking for orbs or shadows of F.
Keeping Watch for F
Turn seed to stem
Bees buzz on a whim
Tulips yellow, tulips red
Tulips tucked in loamy beds
Daffodils yellow, orange, white
Grove Park Inn on moonlit night
Drinking mules by stone fireplace
Kicking back, vacation pace
Across the hall from Fitzgerald’s room
Gatsby ghosts in Grand Ballroom
Thoughts when scattered germinate
Writing fingers celebrate
Turn seed to stem, touch his door
Write the morning on F’s floor
Keep watch for dust, falling in flight
And ghosts in hallways, orbs of light
Are his fingers guiding mine?
These sacred moments – – so divine!
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.