Friday, December 15, 2006

One more quick blog about place. I recently discovered Poetry Thursday. It's such a great concept; the hosts post a writing prompt every Sunday, and then anyone who wants to can play with the prompt and post the resulting poem on their blog on Thursday. This week, the site suggested being inspired by a street. I am cheating a bit--this is a poem I wrote several years ago, and today is Friday, not Thursday, but I hope to participate in future prompts on a more timely basis.

The poem, Sheridan Square, honors the street I grew up on in Evanston, IL, right on the border of Chicago. You can see it on Google Maps here.

Sheridan Square

It wasn't a square, really,
just half of one,
the L-shaped street
I grew up on.
I loved saying I lived
on an L-shaped street;
maybe that's where my love
of letters grew from,
living on the forearm
of those two perpendicular lines,
lines that instantly lulled me
as I turned the corner
at the green mail box
on the way home from school,
the L bent like an elbow,
holding me close
to the heart of my life.

4 comments:

Rethabile said...

L-shaped street, huh? Well, the consonance in the poem keeps reminding us of the shape of that street. An essential tool to your poem. Nice going.

Left-handed Trees... said...

Your blog is one of the very first I ever read, and I have been a Poetry Thursday participant for quite a while! So it was exciting to see this intersection...your poem is lovely, especially the closing lines, but this is no surprise--I'm looking forward to your future offerings!
--Delia--

Crafty Green Poet said...

I enjoyed this poem - especailly the ending. I remember particularly liking the shape of the street where I grew up too!

gayle said...

Thank you so much, everyone! I'm so excited to have found Poetry Thursday. I look forward to checking out your poetry when I have a chance.

Thanks again!

xo
gayle