Dissident Poet

diverse dVerse Meeting the Bar: the Golden Shovel Form Posted by whimsygizmo
“I think it’s time for a fun, fairly forgiving form: the Golden Shovel.”

 

Some poets have more to say than the

gentle wind that blows through the squat

bottle trees. With sharp tongue and pen

they combat injustice, wresting, never rests

throwing off the traps, the privilege of snug

complacence.  The steam builds inside as

the whistle blows a screech, sharp, shrill, a

ratatattat scattering of words like a machine gun.

 

Line from “Digging” By Seamus Heaney

“The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.”

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  1. Just last night I was at Powell’s City of Books in Portland with a friend and she had a volume of Seamus Heaney in hand, but decided to put it back and read the one she already had first.

    I love your take on the prompt and your use of your chosen line. Very nice.

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  2. Brilliant, Debi. A good description of the poetic process. We never know what that machine gun is going to hit.

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  3. Goodness! Amazing!
    LOVE this first line:
    “Some poets have more to say than the

    gentle wind that blows through the squat

    bottle trees.”

    And that “ratatattat scattering.” Just wonderful!

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  4. I’ve used my pen many times to write some choice words against injustice. I love your last line…yes, it’s just like that! 🙂

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  5. Oooh I love this Debi 😀 yes as Poets we do feel strongly about things and fire off with our pen as machine guns 😉 Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  6. I like poems that pack a punch like this one does.We need more poets with sharp tongue and pen! Enjoyed your very metaphoric last line.

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  7. I really love the way some poets have su much more to say.. And so much better to be sharp with words than with guns.

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  8. Love the play on words “wresting never rests”

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  9. Very nice. I like this one!

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  10. Excellent, Debi. It really captures all that poets contribute when they spill their thoughts onto paper.

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  11. Oh yes! I have used poetry to rail against all manner of things, over the years! I could hear that screeching whistle very well!

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  12. With sharp tongue and pen
    they combat injustice, wresting, never rests
    throwing off the traps

    You got it right there debi! The pen is mightier. A poet can certainly move the moon. The idea is to allay fears for support! People favor sane reasoning certainly!

    Hank

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  13. Glenn Buttkus

    If you want some heavy lifting done, call in the poets. You make me proud to be a member of your posse, & how cool that two of us picked the same poem. What are the odds on that?

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  14. PSC

    And thank heavens for those dissident poets who keep battling the world and awakening its sleeping conscience! Nice piece, Debi! 🙂

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