[For this year’s National Poetry Month (April 2016), The Found Poetry Review has invited us to join them for IMPROMPTU, a thirty-day series of experimental writing prompts. They have invited some of the most forward thinking poets, writers and critics in this space to be our guides for the month. Each day, they feature a new prompt here their blog, and they encourage you to craft a poem in response. You can post your resulting poems in the comments section of each post or share the link to where you’ve posted the poem on your own blog or website.] I’ve signed up for the challenge, and I am going to try to write 30 poems during the 30 days of April…watch for my IMPROMPTU poems here…
A Resort in the Woods, Unlike Fairmont
One snowy evening I started writing
Anything but thoughts of promise and hope,
But the lonely shake of a harness bell
Brought me a new sound before then unknown.
Miles had always connected me to a darkness
I would have elsewhere encountered alone.
But now through the unmistaken still of the woods,
This beacon swept through the trees as they slept
And shimmered down on the frozen lake below.
Yet with the farmhouse still off in the distance,
Still further was the village we call home.
The sweeping wind eased through her downy mane,
Shaken inquisitively by my deep chestnut brown mare.
On this night, once said the year’s darkest evening,
She wondered why we had even stopped here.
–Melissa Crockett Meske, April 2, 2016
An editorial written
With images of
The dislocation of societal values and goals
The natural impulses
That once brought
Her lens to a point blurring lines
A divided by class
Poverty and wealth definitive in contrast pose
–Melissa Crockett Meske, April 1, 2016