It has been forever since I tried to write something for a prompt over at dVerse – one of the most wonderful places to find talented writers who seem to write effortlessly, words flow like magic out of their (virtual) pens and enrich our lives. I consider myself lucky to just make an effort and to be inspired by others in dVerse land!
Today, the challenge is to write in a form used by Frost in one of his most famous poems ‘STOPPING BY WOODS ON A SNOWY EVENING’ – this was a poem I recall reading as a child. And I also remember this fact – the words of the last stanza of this poem were found on a scrap of paper
on the desk of Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru when he
died – presumed to be the last words he saw.
My attempt at this form is inspired by events of two recent evenings spent with my little girl (who just turned nine) and her friends.
Chaos is All Right
Balloons – they showed up everywhere
Chairs, tables, and up in the air
So glad they did not go pop, whoosh
For sure I would have had a scare.
Trying hard, trying to shush
the zillion girls who pulled and pushed
jostling for prime spots; as for me
– wished myself safe in a barouche
The girls, there were only twenty
Seemed like more as they screamed yippee
Prime spots forgotten in delight
They had learned their steps perfectly!
‘Pop’ went the balloons! Smiles were bright
Cameras flashed their twinkling lights
As for me – everything seemed right
The place, the time, the moment – all right!