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Happy Poetry Friday!
I decided to pick up the prompt that was created by Linda Mitchell, on her blog A Word Edgewise for her poetry group the Inklings this month, to “Find or write a poem in any form of any length for Folktale Week November 14-20, 2022.” Thanks Linda, and the additional Inklings that posted! Additional poems written for Folktale Week are tagged with #folktaleweek and #folktaleweek2022.
I thought I was writing a haibun, part prose part haiku, but when I went back to edit my paragraph it seemed to want to break out into lines. Though on rereading about haibun’s I decided to try it again as a paragraph, with a couple of words changes here and there. So… I’m still deciding…
FOLKTALE PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER
We all gathered,
We were coming near closing of tree season.
All through the season, we were wrapped in colors we had never fathomed before…
Splashes of analogous hues fanned out between sister and brother trees,
Complementary colors kissed cousin trees.
Gazing in awe, I couldn’t help but wonder
Were trees exhausted from this extraordinary display?
Lost in gratitude, and bundled in my winter coat,
I thought I felt something gently wrapping around me…
Leaves fluttered and fell by my face.
Could tree feel my feelings?
Could trees feel our feelings?
I’d read they communicated through their roots.
Perhaps they coordinated their color display for a purpose.
To stir our sense of connective humanity
To touch deep within our compassion
To remind us to kindle and care-take Mother Earth
Our breathing, life-giving provider
Supporting each one of us collectively.
gather and agree
to sustain mother earth
© 2022 Michelle Kogan draft
The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted today by the gracious Jama Rattigan at her delicious blog Jama’s Alphabet Soup, where she is serving up a feast of Holidayish delectables in images and lyrical words–Do stop by, and thanks so much Jama!!!