Tuesday, May 18, 2021

May Golden Shovel #18

source: Finding a Sailor Lost to Ice and Time


She joins the exploration team in hopes of finding

Answers to all questions. She believes certainty is a

Requirement for wisdom. An alien sailor

From a galaxy far away whispers in her ear a lost

Knowledge of only question after question. She splits to

A shady world, leaving a closet full of known ice

And fire, opening up to unknowns, uncertainty, and

So many questions that overdoses on time.



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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