Friday, April 20, 2012

POETRY FRIDAY -- What to do if You are a Domino

Flickr Creative Commons photo by Tafkabecky

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A DOMINO

          Think in
black and white.
Fan before each player.
Clack authoritatively on the table.
Demand order.

          When
used to stand awkwardly in long lines,
play along. Then
choose a random time to fall. Cause
chaos.

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012


This is actually yesterday's poem...Internet access is spotty for me right now, so today's poem will appear when it appears. Dominoes...

I had a fun time with this poem -- it surprised me by wanting its rhymes to be at the beginnings of lines, instead of the ends. And the idea that dominoes embody both complete order and complete chaos...I can totally relate!

Diane has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Random Noodling. I'll visit posts as soon as I am Internet-able!


10 comments:

  1. Yesterday's poem stays fresh for the ages.

    Hope you get your Internet spotiness cleared, I know how that can be -- not so fun.

    Great to meet you via the poetry vine!

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  2. Hee. I love the authoritative clacking followed by chaos.

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  3. I love that you got in both common uses, and I especially love "stand awkwardly in long lines."

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  4. I really love 'clack authoritatively', too.

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  5. Interesting the way the poem ended up with rhymes at the beginnings, but, it's best not to fight with a poem!

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  6. Never considered front end rhyming- great idea! Hope the internet gets better.

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  7. I see people playing dominoes on the street as I walk home from school. I'll think of this poem next time. :-)

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  8. I really love this one! Great images from your words you can see and hear the dominoes falling - so glad you are sharing your words!

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  9. Demand order. I like this. Love playing Mexican Train with my mother-in-law.

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  10. Mary Lee,

    I'm just getting around to reading the Poetry Friday posts. Enjoyed reading your "things to do" poem. Love the ending!

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