It's been a hard year, both personally and professionally, and I have debated long and hard as to whether I would actually participate in National Poetry Month this year. I have considered lots of different topics-- motherhood, grieving, and a series based on books I have read this year, including one of my favorites, HOPE by Douglas Carlton Abrams and Jane Goodall. I've also thought about focusing on a specific structure- tanka, tri-cubes, or found poems. Finally, I decided I would just do what I could do, a little of this and a little of that. Not even sure I will write every day, but here is the first one, based on a raccoon I unexpectedly encountered on a busy city street, when I was driving home from visiting with a friend last night.
late night deserted
until enormous ring-tailed raccoon
bursts onto headlight beam stage
startled by the spotlight
and not desiring stardom
he lopes stage right
into tall grass
to a life of fame
(c) Carol Wilcox, 2022
Heidi is hosting Poetry Friday today at My Juicy Little Universe. Head over there for lots of terrific poetry!