Questions to Ponder

Weekend Mini-Challenge: Strange News  (posted by Magaly)

For today’s prompt, I invite you to be inspired by the following questions, out of the Strange News section of Live Science:

1. What if the moon disappeared tomorrow?
2. Can humans smell beauty?
3. Do trees sleep at night?

Please, write a new poem using one, two, or all three of the questions as your springboard.

If the moon disappeared tomorrow
I would be filled with sorrow.
Wishes while gazing at all its stages
would be wrought with disappointing changes.

What is your concept of beauty?
perfume of
earth’s flowers,
salty sea? What would
sunset smell like, plums and tang
-erines or pink pies?

When no one is about,
trees fold themselves
into green sleeping
bags, and snooze
until dawn.

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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22 Responses to Questions to Ponder

  1. If the moon left us, I would weep with you. My love for the sky would probable smell different, without the moon spicing things up.

    I really love the final image. I can see the trees getting ready for bed, stretching their roots, their leaves sighing towards sleep. 🙂


  2. kanzensakura says:

    So love the trees snoozing until dawn. Trees are such mysterious creatures. I have an old friend which I climb on a regular basis. I know I catch him taking a siesta after lunch in the hot summer or a drowsy nap in the winter.


  3. Jim says:

    The sleeping trees get my vote. Personification might also allow them an alarm clock in case the rooster over sleeps. Fun reading, Sarah.


  4. oldegg says:

    If only more people would humanize all our fellow creatures, we might then be less enthusiastic about ruining the planet in our own life time.


  5. I really like the emotive rendering of all three questions in a distinct voice full of reasoning and poetics. Now I am trying to remember the smell of the sunset. 🙂


  6. sanaarizvi says:

    Woww!! ❤️ This is stunningly encapsulated, Sara! I especially love; “What would sunset smell like, plums and tang-erines or pink pies? 🙂


  7. I love the sleeping trees and all the lovely scents you’ve so poetically caught


  8. Love the image of the trees in sleeping bags


  9. I LOVE the idea of trees folding themselves into green sleeping bags. How cozy!


  10. annell4 says:

    I love what you did with each one!!


  11. Susie Clevenger says:

    I would go into mourning and dress in black if the moon left us. She has been my companion, my confidant, my friend since my first memories.


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