Thursday, May 20, 2021

May Golden Shovel #19

source: What This Town Needs Is a Concrete Whale


He hitches up damp denim overalls in the morning after what

He feels is a call from unknown forces to bring this

Vision of trash turned into beauty to his town.

He cannot know how wants turn into needs

Desires into demands, peace into war. What is

The elusive route away from days drowning in a

Maelstrom, tsunamis of jeweled seas battering concrete

Dikes, planting seeds of the invasive whale.



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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