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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19 thoughts on “Dissident Poet

  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. 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!

    Like

  3. 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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  4. 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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