Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Pounding the Pentameter!
(posted by Ingrid)

"As with dance, so with poetry: the underlying rhythm is a heartbeat which, if done seamlessly, should flow without feeling mechanical or stilted.

So, this week, I challenge you to write a poem in iambic pentameter. You can choose either blank verse (in which the pentameter is unrhymed) or a form such as a sonnet or villanelle."

We walked ‘round the lake where ducks and geese swam.
There still was a chill in February’s air.
On first pleasant day, we decided to cram
in as many hours as we felt we could spare.

The turtles were hiding, no place to be seen.
On part of the lake, ducks stuck to the right,
while geese lined up on the left, and the green.
First time for wild turkeys, a surprising sight.

Three times around was our walk for the day,
as sunlight paled and our faces reddened.
Refreshed, energized, we made our way
out of the park, famished, but clear-headed.

February had bestowed a gift,
and oh, how badly we needed that lift.

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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12 Responses to Restored

  1. Ingrid says:

    I felt a lift reading your poem, Sara! Reminds me of visiting the duck pond when my eldest son was still a toddler 🙂


  2. I love your walk around this lake. Wish I had one close. I’ll never forget my sight of a turtle on an early spring day.


  3. Helen Dehner says:

    A lift great enough to take you thru to Spring in all its blooming glory! Your poem provided the loft I needed to begin my day.


  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    Never take for granted the ability to walk and enjoy nature. You describe it well for those of us who are no longer mobile, Thank you


  5. This was a very nice walk… but it sounds it was no walk in the park 🙂


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