Playing with Verbs

unnamedRecently, Irene Latham posted a poem challenge in a post titled Free Verbs! Pick 5. She shared a picture of verbs she’d seen in a Kindermusik room. The challenge was to choose five words and write a poem containing those words. I chose the words: poke, creep, punch, spin and press. Here’s my effort:

Fall’s shadow
infiltrates summer
poking chilly fingers
into early mornings
creeping into shivering trees
punching color onto leaves
spinning birds into southward flight
pressing closer, closer, closer.

M. Hogan ©2018

The Poetry Friday Round-up this week is hosted by the gallery hostess-with-the-mostest, Carol Varsalona, at her blog, Beyond Literacy Link. She’s sharing a sneak peek at her upcoming summer gallery, The Art of Summering. (Pssst–you can still send her a submission if you get it in today!)

31 thoughts on “Playing with Verbs

  1. Tabatha says:

    With the heat we’ve had this week, I am SO excited about Fall’s chilly fingers!! I hope it’s pressing closer, closer, closer.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m torn! I love the chilly temps of fall but hate the heating bills. On the other hand, this summer, weather-wise, ranks as MISERABLE in my books–heat, humidity, YUCK! For now, I’ve appreciated the chilly mornings as well.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    I love what you’ve done with your five verbs. I want to try this with kids. I do wish fall would poke chilly fingers our way. We’re just getting rain, rain, rain.

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  3. Molly, I love this! Isn’t “poke” such a great word? And unexpected in this context, which makes it superawesome! I do love fall’s punching colors and spinning birds… thank you! (Also, with your permission, I’ll add your link to that post?? You’ll have to email me to let me know: irene (at) irenelatham (dot) com. xo

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  4. I agree with Irene, poke is a great word. Today is the first day when I felt the autumn chill, outdoors and in your poem. 😉

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  5. They say verbs are the muscles of writing- the heavy lifters. Your vivid verbs have been used in vital ways to deliver a scene so clear for the reader. Thanks for the verb words Molly!

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  6. Sally Murphy says:

    What a great challenge, and what an excellent response.Like the others, I love the surprising way you have used ‘poke’.

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  7. lindabaie says:

    I love the way you chose the verbs for this season changing, Molly. You show it so well. It’s hot in the day, but we’ve had that “poking chilly fingers/into early mornings” for a while now. Beautiful!

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  8. Oh, how delightful….boy, those seasons could be siblings! Poke. Poke

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  9. cvarsalona says:

    Seasonal changes are happening on Long Island too, Molly. What a great little poem you created from 5 verbs. I would like to use your poem in one of my advertisement post for my fall gallery, Abundant Autumn, if that is fine with you. I have a photo all ready for a future post and your poem fits the bill. Of course, if you send me a soon-to-be photo of fall in Maine. I will use that too as a travel photo.

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  10. 100* heat index here this week, Molly, so in one way this poem is incomprehensible to me…but I looooove what you did with your free verbs!

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  11. You’ve created a lot of imagery with these 5 verbs, Molly – and with the chilly night we had last night (coldest it’s been in at least 4 months), it feels very personal.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      This morning was a bit of a shock! I actually wore a down vest when I ran–and I didn’t regret it! I’m looking forward to fall, but hoping for some lingering summer warmth…

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  12. I guess I missed Irene’s post, but oh my, it brings back memories from when my kids were in Kindermusik! I love how you incorporated those verbs into an unexpected setting, Molly (especially those chilly poking fingers)!

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  13. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love it! Those verbs give fall quite the punch. And I am relishing those chilly fingers today despite the clouds and rain that brought it. I’m looking forward to snuggly sweaters, warm bowls of soup, and fuzzy blankets.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Kay! It was a great challenge and a reminder of the power of verbs! Our weather pattern seems to have shifted–the geese are heading south and the leaves are just starting to change. Soup was on the menu here tonight 🙂

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  14. This is wonderful, Molly! I love (and can’t wait for) autumn to poke “chilly fingers/into early mornings.” I agree this is a great challenge to share with kids. Hope your school year is off to a great start!

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  15. Michelle Kogan says:

    Great play with your five verbs Molly, I like how you closed your poem, though I wish we could hold back a bit,
    “spinning birds into southward flight
    pressing closer, closer, closer.”
    Thanks!

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  16. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks, Michelle. It was such fun to play with this list of verbs. We’re due to head back into summer over the next few days. It’s quite a see-saw effect we’ve got going this year!

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