While winter writes love notes

we hunker down in a world of         
                                                                   whiteness
instead of flowers, the storm brings ice
                                                                   in fists
love can be a monster
                                                                   scribbled
in the margin of a frozen puddle
                                                                   poems
or an uncrushed flower
                                                                   waiting
to burst into constellations
                                                                   to dance
in the green shafts of spring sun
                                                                   again

Kim M. Russell, 17th February 2021

red rose flower in selective-focus photography

My response to Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #57: Let Us Write (together)

Magaly back this Wednesday with a playful prompt. She asks us to play with someone else’s muse by writing new prose or poetry using one or all three of the blackout poems she has shared as inspiration. She says we may choose to use the exact words, or not.

I’m traying out a new form created by Candace Kubinec of rhymeswithbug, which she calls the Waltmarie: a 10-line poem on any subject. The even lines consist of two syllables and form their own poem when read separately. The odd lines are longer with no specific syllable count.

Image by Levi Midnight on Unsplash.

29 thoughts on “While winter writes love notes

  1. That is an amazing form, and you did it so well. I read down those words and saw the poem, and am glad you explained what it is called. Beautiful poem in total too.

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  2. I love, love, LOVE this one, Kim. The theme is one close to my heart. You do wonders with this form. I enjoy the idea of reading three poems in one. Also, I really like that although love is a monster in this one, it only exists in the margins–leaving a lot of room for the possibility of non-monstrous love.

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  3. We are learning winter this week here in Texas. That worked well for you, integrating those lines into your Poem. I started to do that but instead used them in my introduction to each of my three stanzas.
    ..

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