This is my contribution to the NaPoWriMo poetry month blog with Magaly Guerrero.
The Birth of a Poet
After a tomboy recess,
with her head on her arms,
the teacher read the words
that made mad monkeys fly
and brought a Kansas girl
to bright, shiny, red shoes.
Standing in front of judges most dour,
fidgeting and breathless,
she cadenced words from
a poet long dead.
Filling the room with budding chestnuts
where a village blacksmith stood.
Blue ribboning came the year she spake
the Highway Man, come riding,
tlot-tloting with ribbons and lace,
black tresses and muskets fired.
She found her truth in rhythm and rhyme
and the delight of recitation.
In her eleventh year, she become one with
the words and their song.
Taking stanza and meter
and a #2 pencil,
she sang words to the paper
And, from her heart
a new poet was born.
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NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015