My Corner of the World: Slice of Life and NaPoWriMo #sol16

Poem

My Corner of the World

The bottom of the ocean is a field

Green, then yellow. Gold, then brown.

Once this ocean was brown with bison

Prairie grass bends with the wind

So dry it’s hard to imagine it was once ocean

So much space a person can feel small

Or exactly person-sized

Strangely grounded, swimming in an ocean of grass

bison and plains.jpg

Photo CC-By Jerry and Pat Donaho at Flickr.com

Today’s Slice was inspired by Leigh Anne’s My Corner of the World, which was inspired by Julieanne’s Found Poetry at Catalina. “The bottom of the ocean” is directly borrowed from Julieanne’s poem, and I returned several times to her piece for inspiration as I wrote my poem about western South Dakota.

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14 thoughts on “My Corner of the World: Slice of Life and NaPoWriMo #sol16

  1. “swimming in an ocean of grass” …what a perfect image.
    So glad you added an image to match your precise words!
    I live in Virginia, a totally different terrane. So fun to get a glimpse of your part of the world today with your slice! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the contraction of “Strangely grounded, swimming in an ocean of grass”, Elisabeth. It is a beautiful place, and I also love the allusion to the bison.

  3. Another beautiful corner of the world! I really think I need to go back and make mine into a real poem! It was just a series of rambling thoughts. This line “So much space a person can feel small,” reminds me of the song Wide Open Spaces by the Dixie Chicks.

  4. My favorite line: “Strangely grounded, swimming in an ocean of grass”
    So inspiring to have fueled your thoughts and words. Something worth continuing….

  5. “Or exactly person-sized” This line, in the context you’ve used it, accentuates the small. Love it, and the poem! My students and I are also participating in the #NaPoWriMo challenge. 🙂

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