Poetry Friday: Equations

Pink Sky by Margaret Simon

The striking line, “You can’t sum it up. A life.” comes from the poem “The Hurting Kind” from the book THE HURTING KIND by Ada Limón.

The poem itself, in response to Margaret Simon’s gorgeous photo, is a “This Photo Wants to Be a Poem…” poem, which was Margaret’s challenge this month for the Inklings.

Here’s how the rest of the crew met Margaret’s challenge:

Linda@A Word Edgewise
Heidi @my juicy little universe
Molly@Nix the Comfort Zone
Catherine@Reading to the Core
Margaret@Reflections on the Teche

Linda B. has the first Poetry Friday roundup of September at TeacherDance.

15 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Equations”

  1. I can’t see the sunrise anymore because of apartments across from me, yet on occasion, I can see an ‘edge’ of that “blaze of improbable fire” & know it is there. The “whatever it takes” phrase is touching, Mary Lee. Love all that you gathered for this poem. Happy Friday!

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  2. So much to love about this! That my morning sky photo could inspire such a beautiful poem inspires me. The striking line…wow! And the amazing words you chose, blaze, tangerine, peach…such wonderful imagery.

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  3. Mary Lee, you painted the sky in vivid colors adding a “blaze of improbable fire”. Your thoughts stir me as the poem progresses. Thanks for the morning poem to start my day.

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  4. Those last two lines are a discomfiting assertion for anyone who thought they were just pleasantly admiring the sunrise. Or maybe for a person who’s feeling rather horizonless this morning. I like the way you folded sum over equation to fashion sky.

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  5. What a fabulous response to the photo and the challenge! You chose a wonderful strike line and I love ” whatever it/takes to tilt a chin or a face up” –something about that line totally pulled me in. Well done!

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  6. Wow! The horizon’s of your life…whatever it takes to tilt a chin. Wonderful depth in this golden shovel. I’d like a slice of that sky, please.

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  7. Oh, I see that sky putting on a show just to get people to look up! I love the thinking that this line brought to me today: “and whatever it / takes to tilt a chin or a face up”

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