Friday, January 27, 2017

Poetry Friday -- Cold

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Confronting Icy Water is Directly Linked to Revolution

Standing at the edge,
I brace myself for the harsh truth,
the cold shock that awaits.

My commitment pushes me
to dive deep, invisibilizing below the surface,
rewriting the liberation of my body.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2017





I am joining Laura Shovan's Annual February Writing Project. The words/phrases for this poem originated here.

Carol has the Poetry Friday roundup this week at Beyond Literacy Link.





23 comments:

  1. "invisibilizing"
    Yes to all of this. Love that title too, Mary Lee. Hug. xx

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  2. Oooh, "invisibilizing"! Neat word. And isn't it an amazing feeling to dive into water? It truly does rewrite your body image for those seconds beneath the surface.
    Hope you get around to some of the poems today with your "ferocious women do not exaggerate" line in them!

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  3. Diving deep to rewrite ourselves. What an image. What a speech. This IS awesome.

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  4. Wow. Terrific analogy. A shock to the system!

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  5. Mary Lee, I am grateful that you set the ball in motion to let all voices soar. Bracing yourself for realities and pushing out from the icy waters with a strong voice mark your new mission.

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  6. Icy waters indeed! Here's to revolution and "diving deep". And I, too, love your word, "invisibilizing" - brilliant. =)

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  7. That is a great title, and I love the short, punchiness of it.

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  8. "the cold shock that awaits" - beautiful.

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  9. Yes! Fabulous poem. Invisibilizng - wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. I love how you used the words in this poem. You are such a master in making metaphor that cuts to the core. (In a good way)

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  11. Wow! What a fantastic way to describe this moment in time. And, the graphic....well it just makes me shiver. Bravo!

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  12. What a deliciously icy state of affairs poem you've created. "rewriting the liberation of my body" let's do it, thanks!

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  13. There is that 'shock', and now we're experiencing it every day. I guess we've all jumped into cold before, and know that there is hope after a while, right?

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  14. Wow! I think we are experiencing that harsh truth and cold shock. I hope it is enough to wake enough of us to take action as we reinvent ourselves.

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  15. I'm getting so tired of confronting icy water. Thanks for reminding me not to give up.

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  16. For me, it's the first line that holds all the power. My 4 year old just looked at the picture and said, Wow! There are sharks under there! Indeed.

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  17. "rewriting the liberation of my body" - no that's a line to linger on. Thank you, Mary Lee, for diving, and for writing. xo

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  18. "hard truths, and cold shocks" Great words, Mary Lee!

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  19. Kapow. The long title, the visceral energy, the surprising long disappearing word--perfect. #revolt
    (Also, you look great in a bikini :)

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  20. Day after day, the cold shock keeps getting more and more frigid!

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  21. A shock to the system, indeed!

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  22. Chiming in late, Mary Lee. This poem makes a good companion to the high-dive article we worked with yesterday. I love the last two lines.

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