Today at http://www.ethicalela.com, Emily Yamasaki is our host for Day 8 of #VerseLove. She invites us to write Something You Should Know poems in the style of the great Clint Smith. You can read her full prompt and poem here.
Note to readers: try this one! I just rambled. Sometimes I use a Sarah Donovan strategy I learned several years ago: just write for 10 or 15 minutes and see what you get. Don't worry about editing or word choice or anything - just draft. That’s what I did today. Please come write with us! Something You Should Know is that I only moved my lips when Mrs. Flexer played Living For Jesus all those Sundays in the big group before small group because I can’t sing except with my heart and that I just acquired the old oak secretariat that has been in my parents’ home since I was a baby in Kentucky along with the old red milk can for my porch, but back to the secretariat: I love that it shares the name with the greatest horse who had to win in Kentucky first to win the Triple Crown and that as a child I was mesmerized by Harold Monro’s poem Overheard on a Salt Marsh from Childcraft Volume 1 Poems and Rhymes with the nymph in the green dress and it’s framed by my bed today because I’m still mesmerized by it and that I savor Saturdays with morning coffee and good conversation and that I love plants but can’t grow them because they all die except Leafy Jean and Leon Russell, who are thriving on the front porch and that I have four bluebird eggs in one birdhouse and baby Carolina Wrens in my garage up over the garage door apparatus and Brown-Headed Nuthatch hatchlings in another birdhouse and fledgling cardinals in my Yellow Jasmine vines and a nest under the porch eave and I saw an eagle a week ago and that all three of my Schnoodles have literary names Boo Radley for obvious reasons Fitz because of, you know, the party animal F. Scott and Ollie for my favorite poet Mary Oliver and that I blog daily and call all my writing group people my friends including you.