I caught part of Krista Tippett’s “On Being” interview with Marilyn Nelson last weekend. In the portion I heard, Marilyn Nelson shared part of her poem “Farm Garden,” inspired by the life of Venture Smith. I grabbed a strike line to write this golden shovel poem.
a golden shovel after Marilyn Nelson’s “Farm Garden”
These days gratitude
soothes my parched throat. It is
a balm in fevered days, a
source of comfort, never-emptying,
ever-present in life’s cup.
Recently, I’ve been actively working to foster a sense of gratitude. I’ve been focusing on positive moments throughout the day, then writing small poems and sharing them with the hashtag #poeticdiversion. (Please join in on Twitter if you’d like to do so.) Already, I can attest to the value of searching for and focusing on positive moments and gratitude every day!
Here are five small poems from this week:
some call it “weed”
I prefer “volunteer”
How is it
the sun rise
can so profoundly alter
the dawn of a day?
“Look at all the dragonflies!”
Feeling like a voyeur,
I took photos
©Molly Hogan, 2020
Back Meadow in August
criss-crossing desiccated stalks
splashes of sun-seared blossoms
the shadow of a passing bee
faded patchwork quilt
Within a zinnia’s tender petals
a secret garden thrives
Laura Purdie Salas is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog . She’s sharing a delightful poem about a pufferfish (Be sure to take time to read this one aloud!) and encouragement for dealing with poetry writing anxiety. Thanks, Laura!