Daily Archives: 12 November 2010

Stones into Schools

We enter schools,
stones to be chiseled
from the rock that
holds us: the history
that is our parents’
and theirs before them.
The habits we learn
from the way
we interpret things.

Schools, planned to
bring out the best,
obliterate the rock
leave us stones,
purple, yellow
ruby red, black,
shimmering, brimming
with knowledge, skills
and open minds,
the ability to
think through things.

We emerge
precious stones
outside our
hidden state.
Set to light the world
in our own right,
paving the way
for new stones
for successive

School is
anywhere we learn
so location
is relative.
Take care to
build them the best.
for better and worse,

We continue.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Select a title from the New York Times Bestseller List. Let the title inspire a poem. I chose: STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson, as of 11.10.2010.

This poem was written to a prompt from Big Tent Poetry. Get the prompt details here.
All links and poems submitted are posted here.

Day 12: Do Your Thing

Forget what they say about
how you write so oddly
always on paper first
typing when you like it
when you want to work it out.

If it works in your head and
translates to the page in a manner
you find sufficient, you need
no other permission or to even
hear the nay-sayers’ expressions.

Forget what they say
it’s your thing
let your best words flow
and hear your lines sing.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 12 prompt: Write a ‘forget what they say’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge