I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, (available on Amazon, linked on title or here on NCTE), which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.
Today’s exercise is based on Wallace Stevens’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird to inspire multiple points of view in sections about the different ways we see a particular thing. I broke my ankle a week and a half before Fall Break….so I spend a lot of time looking at this elevated, swollen, bruised, broken ankle. But I’m on the mend.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Broken Ankle I a missed step in an unlit stairwell OH, SNAP!...SNAP! II nondisplaced fracture of lateral malleolus of right fibula and displaced avulsion fracture of right talus III a pair of crutches like Tiny Tim's ~ God bless us, every one! IV a flashback fashion black boot like that ice boot on Mendenhall Glacier for dogsledding so I can pretend to be cold, mushing, Gee! Haw! V a shiny blue knee scooter (with basket) borrowed from Mrs. Bell (I got her a new blue bell) it's fast like a dogsled VI no pain meds for three days workers compensation: inhumane VII no housework no cooking no laundry just Netflix and Hallmark movies and The Great Alone set in Alaska VIII no fall break vacation to go hiking in the mountains at that cozy cabin I cancelled IX challenging showertime vulnerable nakedness ~what if I slip and fall again???~ ~and can't get up???~ X a temporary handicapped parking tag when you want to go nowhere anyway because you order even Aleve and hairpins and all your pretend dogsledding gear from Amazon XI a heightened sensitivity to open doors, assist those who need it when you are healed XII a renewed appreciation for freedom of movement XIII praising God that it wasn't much worse that you’re still alive that your team is pulling you