Friday, April 02, 2010

On Writing an Easter Poem


On Writing an Easter Poem

I watch women,
men, girls
come to the table
with eggs— fuschia, lemon,
baby blue. They write of
redemption in thin shells,
and all I can do is open
my mouth like a teenaged
boy who's looking for
his voice and finds...
it cracks.

Eggs in Gallery photo by L.L. Barkat.

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Blogger Glynn said...

His voice may crack
but at least it's
not scrambled.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

I like this very much. And that ending!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Overby said...

If you never wrote another one, this would be the crown jewel. My oh my girl.

6:27 PM  
Blogger ELK said...

yes it is the words cracking that is so difficult

6:48 PM  
Blogger S. Etole said...

and how our lives crack at times ...

7:36 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Yup yup. Heather Truett and Madame Rubies are one and the same. :)

I love this, especially the use of the word "cracked."

7:37 PM  
Blogger Cassandra Frear said...

Absolutely delighted that you stopped by.

I'm also a longterm admirer of Annie Dillard. I've read The Writing Life and loved it. (Couldn't help sneaking over to your side bar to read a couple of favorite posts.)

I'd like to write like Annie, too.

9:48 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

This is a delightfully surprising one! You are so clever and amazingly creative.
Have a blessed Easter!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is perfect. :)

11:08 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I love, love, love this poem! And I'll stop there since I think the point is not to over-analyze. :-)

Here's my RAP for the week:

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sweet baby blue

1:19 AM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...


9:16 AM  
Blogger Kelly Sauer said...

I was surprised at your last line - you made me re-read. I love it!

Here is my RAP:
"Rebirth (or, the beauty in the perpetuation of weeds)

I hope you have a good Easter. Thanks for your note in my comment box last night. I very much appreciated your understanding...

9:36 AM  
Blogger Louise Gallagher said...

You crack me up.... in a really, really good way!


9:46 AM  
Blogger SimplyDarlene said...

11:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Very much feeling my "thin shell" today.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the prompt. You're always a source of inspiration. Thank you.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Lorrie said...

Oh you do have a way... :-) Easter blessings to you!

9:38 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Gray said...

Oh, I dunno if you meant for this.. but, I laughed at the end of the poem.

You're always surprising me with your knitting of words. I like... :)

Popped in to say, "Happy Easter!", Laura!

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dropping by my RAP--

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Bradley J. Moore said...

What a way
to say
"Happy Easter!"
(complete with

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

I pulled out my poem from your comments section. Here it is in its own place:

10:43 PM  
Blogger Missy K said...

I love the surprise at the end!

Here is my RAP-- which I found more difficult than I would have thought:

8:25 AM  
Blogger Louise Gallagher said...

Not sure where to 'drop' this poem your blog inspired me to write -- so I'm dropping it here too!

Love the how to write a poem!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous Dave Fuller said...

For the poetry prompt. Thank you for the starting point L.L.

3:49 PM  
Blogger ELK said...

a RAP from a random poet of sorts:

6:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


as always.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Lorrie said...

My random act is posted:


7:11 AM  
Blogger SimplyDarlene said...

Here is my link for the RAP prompt:


9:04 AM  
Anonymous kingfisher said...

L L Barkat reminds me
Of the value of writing poetry.
I used to write poetry.
Haven’t done much lately.
No time to fly!
So busy getting dinner,
Trying to keep my diet thinner,
Dishing out some history,
Seeking more of life’s mystery.
But perhaps for me,
Living the life I CAN-MUST DO-BE
Has the same value as writing poetry.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous kingfisher said...

here's my link to an Easter poem for Random Acts of Poetry

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! 31 comments... will you even get here... well, the poem is brilliant of course! oh the things that crack! : )

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

It's Thursday the 8th! Here's the link to my RAP:


7:35 PM  
Blogger CindyW said...

Way fun. I laughed out loud.

My RAP contribution

I don't know if this is what you were looking for.

But I do know your gentle encouragement was appreciated the last time.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

At last I have it! :)

10:02 PM  

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