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Poem by Amy LV
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Students - I wrote today's poem in traffic court last night. Yes, I received a speeding ticket last month and so I was having my evening in court. There I sat, waiting...waiting...with my notebook on my lap, writing to the sound of the judge's voice as he spoke with others who were in court for the same reason. One can write anywhere if one chooses to do so!
The idea for this poem came earlier in the day, though. As I have almost each day of this month, I began by scrolling through the many thrift store photographs on my phone, to find one that struck me in the moment. The iron was it.
Then, again, I thought about the iron throughout my day, wondering what its voice would say, what its poemspark would be. I spent much of yesterday raking huge piles of last autumn's leaves, filling wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow, dumping thousands of oak leaves into our woods. Somewhere around wheelbarrow #8, I thought to myself, "Hmmm...I bet irons like making wax paper leaf pictures best!" I carried that thought in my noggin until traffic court began.
After that, it was just time to play with rhythm and line breaks and words. This is a mask poem, in the voice of the iron, and I'm not exactly sure why I chose to make the poem long and skinny, but I did.
Poem by Amy LV
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