Mirror poem: A small cup of light

Yesterday on Ethical ELA, host Kim Johnson invited poets to write mirror poems: “Find a poet whose work inspires you and write a mirror poem of your own by taking a root from a poet’s work and allowing it to breathe life into your own inspired creation.  This may be in the form of a borrowed line, a repeating line, a section or stanza, or an entire poem…”

There are a couple of breathtaking lines I love at the end of Billy Collins’ poem, “Tuesday, June 4th, 1991” – he is writing about dawn coming and “offering a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light.”

For Day Eight of National Poetry Month, here’s my mirror of those last five words, in the form of a pantoum:

To My Granddaughter, Age 5
(with love from Franna)

a small cup of light
scooped from ocean waves
my sparkling little love
dancing through my days

scooped from ocean waves
my giggling water sprite
dancing though my days
now such a sleepy sight

my giggling water sprite
goodnight, goodnight
now such a sleepy sight
to me you are, you are

goodnight, goodnight
my sparkling little love
to me you are, you are
a small cup of light

*******

Special thanks to Kim for sharing my poem “Listen,” which she mirrored so beautifully. See both poems and the process here: Ethical ELA VerseLove 7/30: Mirror Poems.

9 thoughts on “Mirror poem: A small cup of light

  1. Fran, thank you for a delightful pantoum that captures the joys of a 5-year-old coastal kiddo so perfectly! Collins’ poem seems to be popping up in so many different places lately, and I enjoy re-reading it every time it does. I look forward to future poems about your “giggling water sprite!”

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  2. There is such joy here. And the simplicity of your language is deceiving. I’m guessing it took WORK to craft this poem just so – I mean, to apply BOTH the pantoum AND the mirror poem forms is already a challenge. But to bring it forth with such a clear, vivid eye? THAT is art.

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    • Well, I have learned to work the pantoum a little more… as in, maybe play with the ending first…this one in particular I wanted to be light. It’s the metaphor, and also needed to be childlike. That was my thinking, anyway. Thank you, Friend!

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