Our Hearts, By Donna Matthews

Today’s poetry form is called Golden Shovel Poetry. From Brewer, “The Golden Shovel was created by Terrance Hayes, and it’s a fun mix of found and creative poetry.” I agree…I really enjoyed this form.
Basically:

Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire.
• Use each word in the line (or lines) as an end word in your poem.
• Keep the end words in order.
• Give credit to the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines).
• The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words.
• If you pull a line with six words, your poem would be six lines long. If you pull a stanza with 24 words, your poem would be 24 lines long. And so on.

My attempt from Henry David Thoreau’s Journal, Dec 20, 1851 – The trees indeed have hearts:

Our Hearts

leaving behind modern life trappings; the
kind of trappings unknown to trees
trees who will do as trees do indeed
open their canopy wide and have
a different kind of trapping for our hearts

Now to you…wanna try a Golden Shovel poem? Share a link in the comments below!

Recently, I started a personal challenge to explore and write in 100+ different poetic forms.  To assist me in this journey is Robert Lee Brewer’s The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms where he gives the form and an example. I Am on Fire is #10 in this collection I’m calling, very simply, 100+ Poetic Forms.

Hey y’all, thanks for visiting the Go Dog Go Cafe and I hope you enjoyed reading today’s selection. I am Donna Matthews, a born and bred Texan who can usually be found writing, painting, taking pictures, or traveling the world on foot. I’m all about love, people, sharing, and doing life together and would love to get to know you. I host two blogs…the first, The DJ Ranch, documents my personal adventures while the second, Slay The Chaos, focuses on mindsets, technology, productivity and organization. Come on over for a visit sometime 💙

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