Mount Hood Before Me

Written for dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Flexing your verbs  (posted by Kim)

It has become quite a thing to turn nouns and adjectives into verbs – we’ve all done it here at dVerse. But how about using verbs in unexpected contexts? Ted Hughes does this in his poem ‘Hawk in the Rain’ and a good example is when the wind ‘Thumbs my eyes, throws my breath, tackles my heart, / And rain hacks my head’.

The challenge is to write a poem, of any length or form, not about an animal or bird, but about a landscape, using verbs in unexpected contexts. I don’t want to see any nouns or adjectives turned into verbs, but verbs doing their job, flexing their muscles, moving your poems across your chosen landscapes.

The mountain wraps me
in cloud, steals
my breath, sharpens
my wonder, and interrupts
the stark sky.

A group of firs stands
within reach, playing
with my perception,
as I walk, and walk.
I am never in their

The mountain wraps me
in cloud, and challenges
my being there at all.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Mount Hood Before Me

  1. kim881 says:

    There is gorgeous action in your poem, Sara, with the mountain wrapping, stealing and sharpening, and the trees playing with perception’ – and I love the final challenge!


  2. Waltermarks says:

    So, the fir trees play with your perception, and the mountain wraps you. Sounds like nature has been communing with you. Must be some powerful verbs living up on Mt. Hood, lol


  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good description of the wonder of a mountain especially how it interrupts the sky.


  4. lillian says:

    Love this! The mountain can wrap itself round us…especially when we are hiking within it and it just seems to go on and on and on and on…..Wonderful description!


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