#Poemtober

downloadImage result for inktober 2019Once again, most of the writing I’ve been doing lately has been quick responses to prompts. Among other things,  I’ve been semi-participating in this month’s Poemtober. That means that I’ve tried to write to the word prompt each day, with wildly varying results. Here are my responses for the prompts “swing” and “husky.”

In October
the balance swings
from “on top of it”
to “overwhelmed”
in the blink
of an eye

©Molly Hogan, 2019

In the shadowed field
beneath glowing hunter’s moon
corn stalks rustle
a haunting, husky tune
winter’s coming…
coming soon…

©Molly Hogan, 2019

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Catherine Flynn, at her blog, Reading to the Core. Catherine reminds us of the power of gratitude and shares, among other things, a wonderful poem “Let’s Remake the World with Words.”

22 thoughts on “#Poemtober

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    oooooh, haunting, husky tune is perfect. Wonderful job, Molly. I’m with ya. I keep up when I can and forgive myself when I cannot.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    Oh, that teacherly feeling of losing control, I know it well. Husky tune, I think sugarcane makes a similar sound. I’m surprised at how well I’ve kept up because I write at random times of the day. These prompts are muscle builders for writing.

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  3. Ooh, a “husky” tone! I LOVE that!!! Thank you. xo

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  4. lindabaie says:

    I guess we all agree, Molly, “a haunting, husky tune” is fabulous! I’m glad you’re writing, even if “overwhelmed” is the game in October. I know conferences loom for teachers about now, and all the “other” things. It’s a full moon Sunday!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m trying not to think about conferences too much–though they are indeed looming! Last night, I went outside to try to capture photos of that gorgeous full moon. The joy of three day-weekends can not be overstated!

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  5. How does that swing to overwhelmed happen so quickly? I also love your “haunting, husky tune,” and admire your outside the box thinking about the meaning of both words. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Love both of these, Molly. I an especially feeling the second one. We dipped down to 33 degrees last night..burrr!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      We’ve been down to 32 degrees but haven’t had a hard freeze yet. I was a bit horrified the other day when I found myself daydreaming about a snowed-in weekend (or even better a snow day!). Time does seem to slow down just a bit in winter though…

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  7. Love the ominous feelings you evoke in the second one, Molly—underneath that hunter’s moon with the unsettled corn stalks.

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  8. Good on ya, Molly, for doing what you can. There is no classroom teacher nowadays who is not overwhelmed. They just keep giving us more to do until we can’t do any of it very well, and we keep on doing it as well as we can anyway. I especially like your second one, with its moody sound and sweet subtle rhyme.

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  9. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love the husky tune of the corn. The fields around here are full of it. And my September was like the October in your first poem. Hang in there! I’m impressed at the teachers who find time to write at all in October–I remember how quickly I became overwhelmed with just keeping up.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I wake up extra early to write, Kay, but find that even that time can get eaten up by school demands if I’m not vigilant! I think I’ve essentially given up on keeping up and just paddle along, keep my head above water, and do the best I can.

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  10. I like both of these poems, but I really like your second one, it’s very visual and I want to know more about what’s coming… thanks Molly!

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  11. laurashovan222 says:

    Molly — with our recent move, your first poem had me nodding my head!

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