A poem from me and one from a poet.
Last week in English class we were working on a poem as part of our poetry unit. This poem had to be constructed using words from two newspaper articles. Lastly, the articles had to have contrasting meanings. For example a house burning down as opposed to a new building being built would be contrasting ideas. Here is the Poem I came up with:
Violence against people.
Keep from danger or loss.
Enough. Days are right for reconciliation.
Shouted slogans motivate others,
to make changes, not violence.
A plan: to bridge rivalries.
Also as part of the blog we had to go to Poets.org and find a new favorite poet. I found a poem entitled Crossroads by Joyce Sutphen.
by Joyce Sutphen
The second half of my life will be black
to the white rind of the old and fading moon.
The second half of my life will be water
over the cracked floor of these desert years.
I will land on my feet this time,
knowing at least two languages and who
my friends are. I will dress for the
occasion, and my hair shall be
whatever color I please.
Everyone will go on celebrating the old
birthday, counting the years as usual,
but I will count myself new from this
inception, this imprint of my own desire.
The second half of my life will be swift,
past leaning fenceposts, a gravel shoulder,
asphalt tickets, the beckon of open road.
The second half of my life will be wide-eyed,
fingers shifting through fine sands,
arms loose at my sides, wandering feet.
There will be new dreams every night,
and the drapes will never be closed.
I will toss my string of keys into a deep
well and old letters into the grate.
The second half of my life will be ice
breaking up on the river, rain
soaking the fields, a hand
held out, a fire,
and smoke going
upward, always up.
In her poem Joyce Sutphen she most likely writes about her fiftieth birthday. The fiftieth birthday is considered by a lot of people to be the halfway point in a person's life. Some even joke that it's all down hill from here. The author of this poem takes the opposite point of view. She plans on living the rest of her life to the fullest. In her poem she gives numerous examples of this. She says "I will dress for the occasion, and my hair shall be whatever color I please". I believe that she is saying that she only has one life to live and she will live it how she wants not how others want her to live her life.
In life it is expected that a person will make mistakes. Here in her poem she gives some good advice: "The second half of my life will be water over the cracked floor of these desert years. I will land on my feet this time". From this passage it sounds like the author has made some mistakes so far in her life. However, she will not let this stop her from living. Even though she has made mistakes in the past, she has learned from them now. This piece of advice will work for anyone because no one's perfect. Take the advice from this author, do not let your mistakes take over your life, instead use them to make yourself stronger.