For the most part, I read blogs through Google Reader. But when I have a some extra time, I’ll go to the blogs from my blogroll. When I do that I can get immersed in the voice of the blogger and catch things that flew by scrolling through the feed. While taking some time at Susan Writes, I saw that she was guest hosting “15 Words or Less Poems.” The photo grabbed me and instantly inspired my poem:
I was so excited to have written something that I didn’t even realize that it was the previous week’s round-up. Afterward, I read the poems that others had written, and was amazed by the many different ways people responded to the picture. Take a look.
Laura Salas offers this poetic opportunity on her blog every week, but I don’t usually participate because no poem comes to mind. But now I’m curious about those who do write to these challenges or any such poetry challenges. Are you instantly inspired? Do you push yourself to find the words? Do you see the photo, mull about as you wash dishes, and then come back with the idea? Can you force inspiration?
Anyway, the Poetry Friday round-up is over at Picture Book of the Day, where she is reviewing my favorite poetry book. I am spending the day trying oh, trying to tie up some loose ends before the spring weather hits Virginia this weekend. And may I say, Thank God for that. I loved seeing the eight inches of snow on Monday, but if we didn’t get a break in this cold weather I was going to snap.