Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lost Words, About Those Slippers

           Poetry Friday is hosted by the Donna at Mainely Write with a new fun way to link up!  Thanks, Donna!




          Last week, Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise hosted and added an extra. She shared numerous lines for inspiration in writing a poem. We were to return as many lines back that we took. I borrowed one, and while it is one I've worked hard on, I'm still not very satisfied. Even as I posted, I thought of another "move". This line was not easy!



Nonsense, Maybe?

Mother Nature lost her slippers!
A story like a Mother Goose rhyme.
It’s nonsense, made-up, yet like the others
conceals a message if you take your time.

Mother Nature lost her slippers
when she took a different path,
mislaid them in a north woods blizzard
as she escaped that stormy wrath.

She had neglected to prepare
with fur-lined boots and winter wear,
stopped only for a while to view
flowers gone and trees grown bare.

Mother Nature often drifts
into dreams of summer stops.
This time, she moved far to the south,
happily stepped into flip-flops.

For us earthlings, this story shows
our Mother Nature’s getting old.
Find those slippers, do what you can
assisting her (and our) household.

Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved








photo credit: benhosg Slippers DSC_1406 via photopin (license)


25 comments:

  1. First, I love those slippers! Those are great for a Mother Nature kind of gal! Interesting poem! Somewhere out there in the snow.... ooooh! Bet she'll find some pink slippers popping up under the trees. Come spring!

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    1. I loved "finding" the slipper pic, easier than the poem. Thanks, Donna, spring will come I'm sure.

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  2. Sounds a bit like an environmental poem to me, sending a message,
    "Find those slippers, do what you can
    assisting her (and our) household."
    I like when mother nature
    "happily stepped into flip-flops."

    Thanks Linda, and the slippers are perfect!

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    1. Yes, trying to send that message, Michelle. Thanks!

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  3. I. LOVE. THIS. POEM.
    Oh, my gosh....it's so fun to see that line come alive in your words. It was in my journal going nowhere....and look where it is now! If you keep tinkering with it, OK. But, I love it as is. I love that Mother Nature is far north, far south....stopping to admire, dreaming. You make me feel like I know her. Wonderful job. I hope you submit this somewhere. It needs to be somewhere others will see Mother Nature.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I will certainly keep working on it. I like the idea from your line!

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  4. Seems like this could be a claymation special, like the ones about Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and the Heat/Snow Miser.

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    1. Ha! What a fun idea, Tabatha. I was wishing I was a good cartoonist as I wrote to show Mother Nature slushing through the woods, looking! Thank you.

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  5. I love it as it is, Linda - you are clever! Those are some slippers, too.

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    1. Thank you, I found the slippers on Photopin, love them too.

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  6. What fun, Linda! Your poem is such a clever take on those fabulous slippers. And yes, we all need to do what we can to assist "her (and our) household." Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Catherine, and thanks for the comment. I've enjoyed writing it, but as said, a challenge!

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  7. Linda, bravo. Not only are the slippers snazzy but the poem covers so many different avenues: make believe, environmental consciousness, whimsical thoughts. I love these lines: Mother Nature often drifts
    into dreams of summer stops.
    She is a smart one isn't she, especially when she dons her flip flops!

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    1. Indeed she is, and I hope we will listen to her more closely in our future! Thanks, Carol.

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  8. I'm most impressed with where you took that line. (And what a shame to lose a pair of such snazzy slippers.)

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    1. Ha! Yes, she may be getting a bit forgetful! Thanks, Violet!

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  9. Love that last stanza! No wonder Ma Nature lost her slippers -- all we've done to her/our home must have her in a complete kerfluffle!

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    1. I agree, Mary Lee, where I was going with the stanza. When I read she'd lost her slippers, all I could think was that she's losing even more than slippers. Thanks!

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  10. What fabulous slippers, and I love that you paired them with that line. I'm not picturing Mother Nature in flip-flops. What power poetry has.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda, it is all the imagination, isn't it?

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  11. Poor Mother Nature. The path must be getting harder for her to travel. Let her do her traveling in slippers, and let us get out of her way! Thanks, Linda!

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    1. Terrific wishes, Diane. Thank you!

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  12. Mother Nature and Mother Goose, meeting up a bit. Love what that might present and those slippers are so fancy! We all need a pair.

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  13. Oh my, how clever, and indeed how meaningful, if we take our time.

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