Poetry Friday: Spark 27


Welcome to Poetry Friday.  Today it’s hosted by Diane at Random Noodling.

Thanks to Diane, I got connected with a fabulous opportunity to create a response to art at the Spark: Art from Writing: Writing from Art.  This was my first foray into this community.

When you sign up, you get to share a piece of art or writing and your partner responds to it.  You have ten days to respond.

Tora Estep provided this sketch from her notebook:

IMG_1711 (1)

When I asked Tora if the sketch had a title, she said no.  So I sat with this sketch for awhile as well as asking some of my elementary students what they noticed.  Most responded that she seemed mad or sad.

I kept coming back to the book THE LIBRARIAN OF BASRA.   And then a thought formed about library books and the burning of them.  I settled into writing this tritina:

I Watched

I watched as the flames
stretched upwards in the brittle night
Wondered who would save the books

The ancient, the sacred, the magical, all the books
licked by the flames, devoured by the flames
I watched in the brittle of the night

Laughter and then screams in the brittle night
as the words from the books
melted and died in the flames

Anger became my cloak as the flames grabbed the books in the brittle night

© 2015 Jone Rush MacCulloch all rights reserved

I am looking forward to participating more with Spark.  I loved the process.

Happy Friday.

Happy Poetry.