Love is the most ferocious and strongest force on the planet.
This week, I did an experiment instigated by Donna JT Smith. I used fourteen lines (listed farther down) as my springboard for a poem about "ferocious women." Thanks for the fun, Donna!
by Tabatha Yeatts et al
When the wild song has rushed by in a blur of green and gold,
Leaving behind the gray-awful, like smoke from a fire,
Dreaming women wake the world
To wear a little chest to put the Alive in.
From their concentrated, radical core --
Fearless women reach out,
Drink the wind, eat the masks,
Bring you Truth, not coffee,
And soft smiles for dessert.
Intertwined, we exalt--
Tell the stories.
Here are the Poem Potpourri lines that I used wild and ferocious poetic license with:
Buffy S: "ferocious women who never bring you coffee" - refrigerator magnetic poetry
Donna S (me): "always leave a wild song" - refrigerator magnetic poetry
Linda B: "dreaming women do art in poetry" - from her pile of poetry blocks
Buffy S: "where wizards and wolves rush by in a blur of green and gold and gray" - patched together from Kate Dicamillo's Where Are You Going Baby Lincoln
Kay: "ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones" from Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
Linda M: "waking the world to a new day"
Margaret S: "steam that climbs like smoke from a fire" - this was in the comments the first week, and I'm not sure if it is a comment or a line... but I'm using it!
Carol V: "fearless women reach out, connect, and find joy in life's intertwined moments" - Connecting the word "fearless" that April had used last week.
Tabatha Y: "little chest to put the Alive in" - Emily Dickinson
Joy: "wear loose clothing and a smile" - from a thought and some connections
Jan GA: "I feel like there should be more stories out there for girls, and I try to tell them" - a quote from Hope Larson from the book COMICS CONFIDENTIAL.
Mary Lee H: "ferocious women do not exaggerate" - from Mary Oliver's UPSTREAM on page 109, "I do not exaggerate."
Brenda H: "make a ferocious dinner that eats masks, drips truth and saves softness for dessert"
Keri L: "radical at their core" from her husband's magazine, "Guns & Ammo"
Kiesha S: "ferocious women would rather drink the wind" - a line from Mary Oliver's (Why I Wake Early) titled "The Arrowhead"
Diane M:"Out of endurance, exaltation" - a line from the poem "Monadnock" by Robert Francis.
Beyond Literacy Link has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Carol!