I belong to a group on Writing Our Way Home (see side bar) that throws out a writing challenge each week. This week the challenge was quite specific. Make three columns. In the first list 10 verbs, in the second 10 nouns, and in the third 10 adjectives/adverbs. Pick your five favorite from each column. Compose a poem, 10 lines long, 8 syllables per line, with five rhymes (internal, end, or slant). I had my misgivings… but it ended up being a lot of fun. Oh, and it doesn’t have to make sense. What a relief!!
In brindled shadow she pounces
after the bouncing darting mouse
as it dives into a crevice
in a thick pile of bricks and sticks.
Dewy orchard blossoms glisten
in the early morning sunlight.
Jaunty cedars shade a jade glade
where slouchy green grass dips and dives
into the cold clear bantering brook.
Small stones glancing and dancing home.