Turn Up/Turn Down

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, 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.

In poems that turn up, Vaughn explains, there is an ending that turn up to a higher level of consciousness or give a feeling of epiphany. In poems that turn down, on the other hand, there is a feeling of the reality of humanity in a grounding fashion.

Hawk on a Wire, or Mom?

is she seeking (with
visual acuity)
unsuspecting mice,

or is she giving
(all-knowing) from Heaven's realm,
heart hugs from above?

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