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    String Dancer Shea's Avatar
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    Barnes and Noble poem

    Okay, so they FINALLY built a bookstore closer than 30 minutes from my house (a nice short 4 minute drive! ), and I went to the first of the bi-monthly writer's meetings last week. I intended to get inspiration for my novel that I set down by the end of my pregnancy, but for now, the group is working on poetry instead. We looked at "Searching" by Billy Collins, and were asked to come up with a Collins style poem for the next meeting. This is what I came up with, but I can't think of a title for it, so "Barnes and Noble poem" it is.


    His daddy lifts him from his highchair,
    his short, chubby arms flap as if he is going to take flight.
    They join me in the living room and I see
    strained sweet potato is still smashed in his eyebrows
    making them lit up and on fire.
    I fuse with the throng of other mothers
    and wonder of the future;
    wonder, or worry that it wont happen.
    I can remember thinking Id never be old enough for high school.
    I shivered in the early morning moonlight
    as bats fluttered searching for a bedtime snack,
    waiting for the bus, but surely,
    a random red car would come careening around the corner
    to kill or maim me so that Id never know
    scholastic experience beyond the eighth grade.
    And yet, I got on that bus
    as my son surely will, but now I wonder,
    if Tolkiens mother stared
    at her sons fiery eyebrows
    and saw his droopy eyes roll around and finally close,
    and wondered the same.
    Hwt! We Gar-Dena in geardagum,/eodcuninga rum gefrunon,/hu a elingas ellen fremedon!
    Oft Scyld Scefing sceaena reatum,/ monegum mgum, meodosetla ofteah,/ egsode eorlas, syan rest wear/ feasceaft funden; he s frofre gebad,/ weox under wolcnum, weormyndum ah,/ ot him ghwylc ara ymbsittendra/ofer hronrade hyran scolde,/gomban gyldan. t ws god cyning!

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    you seem to mine further here. sweet potato talk as you explore your self through him.

    blessed motherhood.

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    Oooh, I'm glad you saw that. That's what I was going for.
    Hwt! We Gar-Dena in geardagum,/eodcuninga rum gefrunon,/hu a elingas ellen fremedon!
    Oft Scyld Scefing sceaena reatum,/ monegum mgum, meodosetla ofteah,/ egsode eorlas, syan rest wear/ feasceaft funden; he s frofre gebad,/ weox under wolcnum, weormyndum ah,/ ot him ghwylc ara ymbsittendra/ofer hronrade hyran scolde,/gomban gyldan. t ws god cyning!

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