A bus pregnant with passengers unloaded some,
Making room for me.
I stepped aboard, paid the fare, found a seat:
The Fuji apple I didn’t eat at lunch now calls my name.
The brown bag rattles as I slip my hand inside and touch the prize
Chasing blues away.
I rub it vigorously on my denim jeans to make it shine
Then take a crunchy bite, and find it crisp as a September day.
Each bite sends forth tiny drops of sweetness. So juicy!
And now I think perhaps tomorrow is a brighter day
Than I had planned.
Doesn't seem impressive to me, although Cliff said it made him want to eat an apple.
Today my assignment gave me a choice between two forms, thank goodness. The first one is Haiku, a form of poetry I dislike even more than free verse. I took the other choice and composed a sonnet, which at least has a rhythmic beat, and rhymes. Unfortunately, I was given no choice on the subject. The sonnet had to be about beauty. Once I got started, that wasn't quite so difficult for me as I thought it might be.
How does one describe what beauty means?
It’s different things through different persons’ eyes.
My husband sees a beauty I’ve not seen
In my old wrinkled face and fading eyes.
A mother will find beauty in her child
Though all the world may say the kid is plain.
A farmer checks his hogs, and is beguiled,
And sees great beauty in a summer rain.
But children! Everywhere they look, there’s beauty.
They see it, touch it, feel it all around!
Before they’re tied to schools or jobs or duties,
Every second is with beauty crowned.
If we’d look at the world and be aware,
We’d understand there's beauty everywhere
I don't consider either of these anything I'd be particularly proud of, but the exercises and assignments do stretch me. They make me do things I would never have attempted, left to my own devices.
Who knows what I'll study once this course is done? There's Writing Improvement, English Composition, Novel Writing, Creative Writing 101, How to Write Short Stories for Children, Non-fiction Writing, Creative Writing for Beginners... it goes on and on, and I'm having so much fun.