Friday, July 5, 2013

Poetry Friday: Freedom (and mood)

Today's post is part of Poetry Friday hosted by Keri at Keri Recommends.  Stop by today's host blog for more poetry links.

As part of yesterday's #teacherswrite events, guest author, Jenny Meyerhoff, talked about mood.  The quick write exercise was to see a room through the eyes of a character feeling a particular way.  

I am discovering that, though I am very much a character reader, I am not much of a character writer. She reminded us, "When the writer isn’t deliberate about mood, the reader is often left emotionally cold." Jenny's comments about mood did apply to some of writing I dabble in here and there.  

I really wondered about mood in poetry.  It seems like an important piece.  One I rarely think intentionally about; so I decided to try it out a bit in two poems about freedom (yes, a little cliche since yesterday was the fourth).

Of course, I didn't really accomplish mood so more practice is ahead.  It seems I did manage two different perspectives.  Here are two original works in progress:    


Freedom

Freedom.
An illusion
granted only to those
with power,
money.
A line 
not made to cross.
A path
moving only in one direction.
Freedom.
Bought
and sold
in America.



Freedom

To wake
To be
To choose 
To go
To vote
To know
To learn
To grow
To read
To speak
Freedom

© Cathy L. Mere

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