SOLSC17: 3/31, Poetry Friday: 10 Words from Billy Collins


Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for holding space for us to sharing our writing every Tuesday.

Poetry Friday is hosted by Heidi at My Juicy Little Universe.  Thank you, Heidi.  She suggested that we honor Billy Collins as his birthday is in March.  At Check It Out, I have his poem, “The First Line of a Poem”.  Here, I’ve taken some of his words from that poem to write a first draft:

thin loop

At the First Light of Day

Words flutter away from dreams
as the singing moon rises
grasping conversation threads

Words slide onto the pages
as the wind creates thin loops
squinting as the night sky fades

stitching poems together
stitching poems together 
stitching poems together

©2017,  Jone Rush MacCulloch

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13 Responses to SOLSC17: 3/31, Poetry Friday: 10 Words from Billy Collins

  1. I love what happens when we borrow bits from a “done” text and reweave–or restitch–them into a whole new poetry garment. Lovely.

  2. Fun visuals and word play in your poem, the words are wonderfully personified, and I’m drawn in!

  3. maryleehahn says:

    The repetition of the stitching at the end is brilliant. Huzzah!

  4. Jone, this is lovely. I’m intrigued by the words you chose and I love the repetition at the end. Bravo! This celebration has been more than fun. I’ve learned so much from you all.

  5. mgminer says:

    To be inspired by Billy Collins…thanks for continuing the pleasure of his words.

  6. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I love what you did with this poem, created with Billy’s words. The first stanza is dreamy as it rises. I like the ending as Catherine said.

  7. Leigh Anne says:

    Words and dreams…dreams and words. This is beautiful Jone!

  8. margaretsmn says:

    Great idea to take ten words and write after Billy Collins. Your poem is a lovely homage to writing poetry.

  9. mbhmaine says:

    Lovely, Jone. You’ve stitched a beautiful poem together here.

  10. haitiruth says:

    I like your poem, and I’ve been experiencing that a lot lately: waking up with words that want to slide onto a page. Ruth,

  11. This is gorgeous, Jone! I especially love the repetition of “stitching poems together.” I may have to borrow that. Happy writing!

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