My response to dVerse Meeting the Bar: the Golden Shovel Form
Above, below and in between
I trace familiar features with my
Fumbling, feathery finger.
Up, down, under and
Over, I feel well-worn skin with my
Tensions before I squat
Over the ink pot, filling a pen
That rarely rests
Knowing that I’ll
Under your skin with
© Kim M. Russell, 2016
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WhimsyGizmo has given us a fun form to play with: the Golden Shovel, whereby you take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire and use each word in the line(s) as an END word in your poem, keeping the words from the original line(s) in order. When finished, you can read down the right margin, and have the original chosen line(s) intact.
One of my favourite poets, and I have so many, is the late Seamus Heaney. My husband gave me a copy of Heaney’s New Selected Poems for Christmas, so I have scanned through it for inspiration and came to the conclusion that I could be writing golden shovels all day. But then I had a light bulb moment – why don’t I start with ‘Digging’, one of Heaney’s most famous poems, and take it from there! The original lines are:
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.