Friday, June 28, 2019

Poems Can Describe Places



I dedicate this post to Teacher Kim Oldenburgh, 
who asked me to send her class a photo of my workspace.  
I was too embarrassed by the mess and never did.
Finally, here it is. Honesty is good. xo, Amy

Desk Corner
Photo by Amy LV




Students - Last week I had a Skype meeting...and as my study is always near-distaster-state, I needed to straighten up a little bit.  As I did so, I realized that one corner of my desk made me smile.  The rest was a mess.  The mess made me smile too, but it may not have made my meeting-colleagues smile, so I cleaned it all up and took a picture of that corner you see above.

It did not take long for my desk to become messy again...see below.  But a desk, like a mind, is a very busy place, so I like to tell myself that it can't alllllways be neat.

Anyway, today's poem is clearly about a place.  It is a simple description poem of the things that are currently on this desk I call home. At this moment, my desk looks just like the photograph below. In two days it will look different. It always does.

Not sure what to write about? Walk five steps and write about that place. Or write about a place you've been many times or a place you've only visited once.  Heck, write about a place that you've never been or does not even exist. Let the idea of place be your guide. 

And if you wish to include lists, as I did, please do.

Desk from Above...Right Now
Photo by Amy LV

Buffy is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Buffy Silverman with a review of a lovely book and a sweetheart of a poem. Please know that we gather each Friday, sharing poems and poemlove, and all are always welcome.

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10 comments:

  1. Love this! I so enjoy cleaning up my desk. It feels like I've accomplished something. I've certainly had messy desks...but the treasure trove kind is a wonder!

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  2. I love your honesty and your whimsical desk area looks very inspirational to me! I also see a pair of mittens in the works. Have you still been sewing mittens? Thanks for the dedication-I plan to share this post with my former students!

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  3. Ahhh! I can so identify. I've been working on my upstairs desk in preparation for moving it out of the grandkids' room into another bedroom. But like you, it won't take long for it to be jumbled again. I like your style! And I loved peeking at the book titles on your desk.

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  4. Love all the details in your heapjumblepile! So much more interesting than a clean desk. Or at least I'd like to tell myself, instead of cleaning mine.

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  5. "Whimsical madness" is what I call "creative chaos." I also love the collection of type writers. Your desk is who you are, a little whimsy and a little crazy.

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  6. This poem! This desk! I am smiling smiling smiling because I do so love your style! (And that red typewriter...OH!)

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  7. Your desk sounds lovely as does your poem.

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  8. I love the rhythm in this poem. I read it out loud to myself three times! My desk is not a mess because I work at the kitchen table, but my sewing room is almost always a place where madness and chaos room together.

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  9. I am smiling too at your desk and your poem. Inspiration is never far away!

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  10. Fun desk poem Amy! I just cleaned off my desk, it's much better but still has many items on it, but it has a bit of order and fewer papers, for a little while…

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