I Follow You

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads –  (Posted by Susie)
“Bits of Inspiration”~Dia de los Muertos
November 1st, The Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Today I want to celebrate Dia de los Muertos in the garden. Dear Toads I want you to draw inspiration from your favorite dead poet (s) and write a poem to honor him/her. It can be about the poet, their poetic style, a line from a poem, one of their quotes, etc., go where the suggestion leads you. I only ask you write a new poem and name the poet who inspired it.

“To die laughing must be the most glorious of all glorious deaths!” —“The Assignation” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

We are not
the same color
We do not come
from the same background,
yet I feel you in my heart.
     I follow you, I rise

Those young men
sharp as mustard
gentle, tight,
deceiving, locking
they do not know
     I follow you, I rise

When there is no peace
I wait for your rain
to fall softly,
star shine, moon glow
     I follow you, I rise

Feelin’ down, eyes lowered
cut down by sneers,
I think of tides
that ebb and flow
     I follow you, I rise

I am older now,
slower too,
hard climbin’
stairs, but
     I follow you, I rise.

This little light I borrowed from you,
I’m gonna make it shine.

(This poem is in honor of Maya Angelou.
Some of the lines are taken from:
Men, Women, Still I Rise, On Aging)


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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10 Responses to I Follow You

  1. trishwrites1 says:

    Gorgeous Sarah esp your refrain – I follow you I rise

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  2. This is wonderful… what a great attitude on aging…

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  3. sanaarizvi says:

    Love the refrain! Such a gorgeous and sensitive poem. A lovely tribute to Maya Angelou 😊

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  4. Helen says:

    I found your poem incredibly soothing …

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  5. Oh, I love this and how you took inspiration from Maya Angelou’s poem and made it your own. There is so much to bring us to our knees, but still we rise. Thank you so much for taking part in the prompt.

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