Sunday, May 16, 2021

May Golden Shovel #16

source: In a Renamed Town a Legacy of Violence Continues to Play Out


She remembers a time when her town in

The new country was a haven from memories, a

Balm to help her build a new family. She is renamed

Shiloh in hopes she will bring peace to her town.

Golden granite lines the path leadingv visitors to her home, a

Large room roofed in azure slate tiles, with no walls,  a legacy

Of the ancient tents of her people. Visitors seek her guidance of

Insights, for she has a way of speaking that averts violence.

Yet the battle between old residents and those who claim ancient rights continues.

Her visions alarm banshees, whose cries alert to

Dangers minute and huge, dangers of scarlet sweet that play

To greed and fear, dangers pretending to be thrown out. 



I’m continuing to use Terrance Hayes’s Golden Shovel poem format, as proposed by the Sunday New York Times "At Home" section, for 30 Poems in 30 Days during National Poetry Month.


Take a newspaper headline that attracts you.

Use each word in the line as the end word for each line in your poem.

Keep the end words in order.

Describe the story that the headline is for.

The poem does not have to be about the same subject as the headline that creates the end words.

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