Snow White, Snow Bright (a parallel poem)

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!

 

 

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About gleefulee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making passionate, lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. Now totally retired and looking for my summers to be full of fun as well! Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still very much a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content contributor for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist for our local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness.
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