September Open Write Day 2 of 5 – Multiple Language poetry with Denise Krebs

Our host at today, Denise Krebs of California, inspired us to write poetry using multiple languages. I got lost in a corn maze yesterday with my husband and stepson, so multiple languages seemed to fit here as nothing – no language, no direction, no space – made sense to us.

Cason’s Corn Maze at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

into the maize 
we disappeared 
with the map key
tucked in his pocket 
in case of emerxencia 

we got lost 
in the मकई

we backtracked
followed folks down one row
met them on the next
reached dead ends

we were lost 
in the मकई

shucking our noggins
wondering, wandering
among these 
ears, husks, kernels
random scarecrows
nothing but
blue skies overhead
from this sea of korn

we were lost 
in the मकई

he reached into his pocket
in case of emerxencia
led us
schritt für schritt
out of this maize maze


The maze
The Johnson men charting a course out of the maze
The key, in case of emerxencia

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*During the months of August and September on days when I’m not participating in the Open Write at, I will be writing in response to the pages of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. The poems, poetic forms, narratives, quotes, and calls to action to make one small difference might be just the medicine my world – or the whole world – needs. I’ll be inviting insights in the form of an immersion into a 10-minute-a-day book study (just long enough to read the page, reflect, and connect). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can order one here on Amazon. I invite you to join me in making August and September a time of deep personal book friendship. A few teachers will be following the blog and engaging in classroom readings and responses to the text. So come along! Let’s turn the pages into intentionally crafting beautiful change together.

One Reply to “September Open Write Day 2 of 5 – Multiple Language poetry with Denise Krebs”

  1. Oh, my goodness. I’m so glad I came and saw the photos! I was trying to go through the maze on the map and it is difficult! Even without the giant-sized corn growing all around me. I love the photos, and, of course, as I said before the language play in your maize maze poem. Lovely!


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