Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Zipper, by DemonDeLuxe , from Wikimedia Commons, selected by Mary Lee Hahn
 On April 1st, I joined Mary Lee Hahn's Poetry Challenge, Common Inspiration, Uncommon Creations.  I wasn't really sure I could write thirty poems in a row, but now, here we are, and I did it.  Most of the other poets wrote wonderful ending poems with terrific metaphors today.  I tried to do that, but I just couldn't pull off. Here, then, is my final offering…


 I crouch down
take your down jacket
in my hands
fumble with the frayed
late winter zipper
until it catches
I draw the zipper
to just below your chin
tie your hood and
stuff your hands
into mismatched mittens
hoping this little bit of love
will be enough
to protect you from
a frigid unloving world.

(C) Carol Wilcox, 2013


Linda B said...

I didn't write all the time with Mary Lee, but mostly I did. What a month it was, Carol. You say you didn't have much time, but I love your poem. It's a sweet memory, for mother's day?

Beverley Baird said...

Congratulations Carol! That was an awesome achievement, especially following Slice of Life March!
I've loved your poems - this one as well.
Loved the last few lines. Love can certainly protect our children!

Cathy said...

When I read these lines:

hoping this little bit of love
will be enough
to protect you from
a frigid unloving world.

I immediately had pictures of students come into my mind. It made me think of those students that I felt needed a little extra love. The ones I worried a little more about each day.

I've enjoyed the month of poems. I'm so glad you joined the fun. I enjoy your poetry and look forward to many more poems in the months to come.

I don't know about you, but I feel I can breathe a little tonight without a deadline to post. Maybe I'll pick up my notebook.