During the recent writers’ retreat at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Estate in Piggott, Arkansas, I was introduced to the parallel poem. It is constructed to be read two ways; (1) down the lefthand column first then down the righthand one; (2) or all the way across, from left to right, line by line. It is quite a challenge, good brain activity on a winter night! A thank-you to Roland Mann, the mentor/teacher, for sharing this unique technique. So here is my fun attempt in honor of the first snow accumulation of 2011.
The first snow, Following windy gusts,
Sends us to and fro Tending lists of musts.
Making precious pets warm, All pipes wrapped tight
So there is no harm During this wintry night.
Perfectly imperfect, and fortunately short, but fun. Give it a try! Now I need a drink…of hot chocolate!