March 2022 SOLC–Day 4
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I love quotations. I always have good intentions about collecting them in one neat little notebook. But you know what they say about good intentions…
Still, when Margaret posed our Inkling group challenge for this month, I was immediately intrigued. She asked us to write a poem in response to a quotation or inspired by a quotation or whatever. Somehow other than a little tinkering a week or so ago, I haven’t worked on anything. It’s been a week! So, I’m not thrilled with last week’s tinkering or tonight’s last gasp effort, but here they are:
The first response is a golden shovel with the strike line, “…just take it bird by bird” from Annie Lamott’s wonderful book, “Bird by Bird.”
I am repeatedly saved by the birds
There are some days that just
poach your brains. They take
aim at ease and whittle away. It
all seems hopeless, but then a single bird
song ripples the air; something feathered flies by.
Thank god for that bird.
The next is a response to one of my favorite proverbs, “Slow and steady wins the race.”
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
He says it’s my mantra
It drives him crazy
as he’s more of a
crash-bash-fly-through kind of guy
though I suspect
to that classification
(and to any unintended innuendos
some minds might attach to it)
Recognizing my own nature
I cheer for the tortoise
bit by bit
no flash or dazzle
in the race at its own pace
just steady and true
steady and true.
©Molly Hogan, draft
If you’re interested in reading what the other Inklings have done with this challenge, check out their posts:
The Poetry Friday Roundup this week is hosted by Kat Apel at her blog. She’s celebrating the release of her newest verse novel, “What Snail Knows”.