At Poetry Jam, the challenge is to write about something unexpected "Life is full of surprises, good or bad, things we never thought would occur. So this week I'd like you to write a poem about unexpected."
And so I did. I think it is the thing we hear about, but don't get to experience until we have a child.
You Should Expect the Unexpected
How can you love
someone with your whole heart
and then find that there was
a reserve -
a hidden place in the heart perhaps
that held more
than you knew you possessed
and that your heart
could be so effortlessly opened
by someone so small,
Still when she arrived
in that tiny wrinkly package
she opened your heart,
and love tumbled out
and cradling her
and you wanted
to forever keep her from pain,
This flood of love
and so sudden,
was there all along
but you had no inkling.
Yet you should have
It happened before -
on the night your
son was born -
Why should you be surprised
at your daughter’s birth?
©2014, Donna JT Smith
Thank you, Buffy, for the tappy Sapsucker Rap poem! What a wonderful rhythm and rhyme this had. We live in a log home, and a couple of weeks ago we had a pair of Downy Woodpeckers inspecting our eaves, rapping and tapping. They evidently didn't get what they thought should be there, as the next day they were gone!
Mary Lee, what a unique way to send a poem. I keep the poem magnet on my refrigerator and can enjoy the image of thunderheads and the wish for monarchs! We've had plenty of thunderheads lately and they are so beautiful - in an ominous way!
I put your URL into Tagxedo and came up with the image. Then I used the words found in the Tagxedo to construct the poem, which I call a Blog-gem.
I’ve found that in making the Tagxedo, I have to take out names and allow apostrophes. I also increase the number of words to 300 and allow common words, so I have a good assortment of words from which to choose.
When I finish the Tagxedo image, I type out the words, sort them by parts of speech, print them, cut them out and start playing with them. After a bit I leave them alone to continue sorting themselves on their own (or that’s what it seems) until they make themselves into a poem.
|Ah, yes, if you could only read the words, you might know who was getting this next Blog-Gem!|
Then the "unexpected" begins to happen. A few words will call out to me and say things like, “Hey, look what do you think of this!” and “Read us! We sound good together.” And then I will go over and slide a few more around until they all just start marching to their spots.
Like a good hostess, I sometimes have to make different seating arrangements when I find that some other word has more in common than the one I originally intended for the spot.
The words are very patient with me as I make mistakes and have to slide them into a new spot. They have faith that I will get them where they need to be.
And the leftover words? For some reason they have not gotten all pouty and huffy. They know that their day will come in some other poem on another occasion. I have not forgotten them. At some time I will just use them in a thought or in the course of a day speaking to someone. And they are fine with that.
Lucky for me, the blog words have all been so forgiving and unselfish and can take the revisions and editing that I deal out to them. What a wonderful groups of words! So far every word I’ve worked with has shown true good sportsmanship, strength and character.
It is truly an honor to work with these words. They are champs! And they all, whether used in the final copy poem or not, help to create each Blog-gem!
Today I finished creating my fourth Blog-gem. I will miss working with these diverse word groups as the summer comes to a close. I may just have to pick up some Blog-gem work on the sly...a little poetic moonlighting...
A little side note for today... I stayed up all night. Why? I don't know. I just didn't get tired. I wrote a bit, cleaned a bit and watched the sun come up. I'm still awake. This is going to be an interesting day!