Friday, November 18, 2022

Weather and Form

This Morning at Home
Photo by Amy LV

Students - It is kicking off to be a snowy weekend here near Buffalo, NY where I call home! Last night we had about 8 inches of snow on the ground, and this morning we woke to another 12. It was a tricky morning to take the dogs for a walk.

Weather is always a giving writing topic, and today's dramatic weather (it's still falling) inspired me to write this poem. I began with the form of a triolet (learn about triolet poems HERE) and then changed the form to match what and how I wanted to write about this snow.

Remember: as a writer, you can take any form and:

1. Use the form as it is.

2. Change it as you wish.

3. Combine it with another form.

4. Begin writing in the form and then toss it out the window.

You are the the decision maker in your own writing, and the more we learn about forms and possibilities, the more choices we know about and can work with.

Jama is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Jama's Alphabet Soup with an exquisite Thanksgiving buffet. Please know that all are welcome each Friday as folks share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship.

I am thankful for you.

How Much Will Fall?
Photo by Amy LV



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  1. The snow is beautiful ... from afar. : )

  2. Been hearing about the snowy weather in your part of the world, Amy. Wow! Stay safe and warm. Thanks for the enchanting poem (as always, I love hearing you recite). I think you'll be a "snowflake billionaire" before this storm is done. ~ Jama

  3. LOL -- and I had just escaped my triolet addiction. What a wonderful triolet with that "aire" ending. Happy shoveling. I hope you cross country ski? Should be a good time!

  4. I think the snow covered throne deserves a poem of its own. It seems a bit early for snow, but probably not in your part of the world1 I like the pics and I may have to try my first triolet.

  5. Not sure where my comment went, but it showed up here as anonymous. Does this mean you're not going to NCTE this year?

  6. Thinking about you in snowy Buffalo, Amy! Love the sounds in your poem.

  7. Snowflake millionaire! That phrase makes me want to stand in the snow and twirl... thank you for sharing! Happy Poetry Friday Amy!

  8. "You are the the decision maker in your own writing, and the more we learn about forms and possibilities, the more choices we know about and can work with."

    Your poem is breathless beauty. Just lovely. And I so agree with your advice! Thankyou for this quiet wonder-joy, Amy.

  9. Saturday morning--has it stopped yet? Already your landscape looks like you're a snowflake billionaire, maybe like 8 billion? I wonder what number is too many for snowflakes, for humans? Wonderful post.

  10. Hope that you haven't had too much trouble with the snow but looking at it as a "snowflake millionaire" is priceless! Happy Thanksgiving, Amy

  11. My husband has often recalled the largest snowfall he's ever seen: 56 inches fell when he was at Fort Drum as a young Marine. Stay safe, Amy! Your triolet is lovely and makes me want to curl up by the fire and watch some silent feathers fall. (But not THAT many feathers.) :)

  12. and suddenly it's winter. :) Thank you for your encouragement to write poetry!