Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rainbow Summer School: Red Dawn

Jenny Matlock



Now that we have completed the Alphabe-Thursday meme from A-Z, Ms. Jenny has summer school in session. We will be addressing the colors of the rainbow (Roy B. Giv, anyone?) The first lesson is all about the color RED. I am certain there will be several fascinating posts on the topic (as there were with the letters of the alphabet). 

I hope Ms. Jenny doesn't mind but I attempted to do something a little different with the initial assignment. I decided to write an essay in which the word RED is imbedded throughout other words within the story. I don't know if it will be successful or not but it made for an interesting experiment. 

Red Dawn


It is as if I am in the predawn shadows of a giant redwood.
I hide seeking redemption through prose.
By doing so, I have altered my life’s path
by redefining who I am,
for I have rediscovered the heart of that child within.

My soul is no longer captured by predatory beasts.
Tattered memories, dredged from a life long forgotten,
may have angered me in the past
but can harm me no more.

I have embraced that lost child.
I have showered her with the love and attention she deserved,
allowing her to be enraptured by God’s tender mercy.

Dawn breaks in hues of purple, red and orange;
a colorful banner heralding the 
incredible journey about to commence.
The shadows shall fade as I step into the dawn of a new day. 

32 comments:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was beautiful and very crerative!

Brian Miller said...

wonderfully done...so if i leave a comment does money go to africa? or perhaps the russians are invading...only to be thwarted by high school students...smiles.

Debbie said...

Well my red is not so impressive...although my boys look cute:) This is so well done...as always you are very talented with your creative writing. Debbie

Jo said...

bravo! that was so well done ... i believe your experiment was quite a success!

Annesphamily said...

Well done! What a totally creative post! I really enjoyed this today! Anne

Sarah said...

Polly, you are definitely at the top of the class! I so enjoy your creative ideas. Bravo! ~ Sarah

Weezer said...

How in the world do you do that!? That's absolutely wonderful.
But I don't expect anything less from you. You amaze me. Honestly.

Susan Deborah said...

Trust you to come up with something like this. Reminds me of one of Rimbaud's poem on colours. Read it sometime. I think it is Rimbaud.

Have a lovely day, Polly.

Joy always,
Susan

Nora Johnson said...

So thought-provoking, creative - and a total success! Must check up on that Rimbaud poem now...

Happy Alphabe-Thursday,

LOLA:)

PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me.

My name is PJ. said...

I don't even have to read them all to know that yours is by far the most clever!!!!

You're a genius. You should offer paid tours through your brain. I'd get in line.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Polly!

Oh-kayyy.... glad you are entertained by my story. I have no idea what the insect was cos it was covered with my saliva and my windbreaker was dark blue so kinda hard to tell that time...

Btw, this post is awesomely creative! Love it!!

Pelican Joe said...

Hmm... Red skies in morning, sailors take warning. Red skies at night, sailors delight.

Julie Schuler said...

I shoulda known you would do something sneaky! Nice way to work in the reds.

Dawn said...

Great work. You're title could describe me. I love red!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The reds hidden in the words is so cool. Wonderful poem.

blueviolet said...

I like your twist on it, and I like where you are in your life! You are amazing!

Sue said...

Loved the poem and the way you were able to integrate it with "red" words without forfeiting quality.

You are one talented lady.

=)

signed...bkm said...

Beautiful and heartwarming Red post....EmpoweRED - it be happy and live free....bkm

Tina said...

Amazing. Your words are so rich, and loving. And then you also managed the red...you just continue to surprise and delight.

Bookie said...

Polly, EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

Life@Cee said...

I didn't just read your post, I took it in. How insightful and how necessary that we give ourselves that which others withheld from us. Thank you!
Cee

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love what you niece said about the the Fountain of Youth. I think children are the Fountain of youth. They get us young.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Beautiful, as always..

Viki said...

This was very clever and a creative way to use red. I loved it. It's a very interesting way to do it. Good job.

edenhills said...

What an incredibly difficult way to do your red post. I am very impressed.

Teresa

Mumsy said...

Oh Polly, I think after the alphabet-thursday, I'm too a little more gentle on myself, and allowed that hurt child go.

I love your take and your poem.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Nice twist on "red". Well done.
jj

Pondside said...

Well, that has to be the most creative 'red' post!

Cheryl said...

Loved that you chose to do this. I almost went this direction too. You did a much better job than I could have done by sharing more pieces of your journey through your poetry.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Just stopping by from Jenny's Party!! I am late getting around to everyone! I enjoyed your poem very much. Thanks for sharing.

Anna said...

Oh Polly,
What an unusual, unexpectedly beautiful RED-post. So creative.
I wish I could write poetry every week, but sometimes I have trouble thinking, spelling or even remembering what words mean. "Du har ordet i din hand" is what I thought, when I read your RED-poem, which means that you hold words in your hand (=you have a way with words).

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my post about red buttons and beads!
Best wishes,
Anna

For the benefit of other readers:
Anna's Red B-Words

Susan said...

BEAUTIFUL POEM!!! really wonderful :)
Susan

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