Tuesday, October 30, 2007

poetry tuesday: postcard poetry

I had a wonderful professor in college, Jack Ridl. He is an excellent poet and one of the best teachers I've ever had. Often when we students arrived in the classroom there would be an "assignment" on the board, a writing exercise to get our minds working. One of my favorites was postcard poetry: write a poem small enough to fit on a postcard. The poems that resulted were like postcards, too; instead of telling a story, a poem that size is like a snapshot. A single image or moment or idea.

So I've been writing postcard poems. Here's one I wrote yesterday...

When you're gone

I still sleep on my
side of the bed.
A tiny part of me
if I don't look--
if I'm still enough--
you'll crawl
into bed
next to me.

October 29, 2007

Even if you're not a poet, here's a challenge for you: write a postcard poem. You can do it, it's fun! And if you're brave enough, share with us! :)


  1. I liked your poem a lot. I will try to write one and come back in a while - no promises. See ya..

  2. That's a lovely little poem - and I love the idea of "postcard" poems.

  3. That is beautiful.

    I love the idea behind it, too. It helps focus your mind on the moment, doesn't it?

    Heidi :)

  4. Gorgeous!

    I love and adore simple little poems. To be honest, when a poem exceeds a certain length, I tend to glaze over. ;)

  5. sweet and sad

    I always stay on my side of the bed, too.

  6. I too stay on my side of the bed, it's almost like a compulsion and I create a little "wall" so I will. I'm odd that way.....

    Glad to see that I have another fellow blogger over here in Germany. I'm even closer to you than you think as I live North of Ramstein.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. For once I can actually say that I might see you around!

  7. i loved this little poem. just perfect.

  8. very nice. someday I'll get around to participating in these poetry challenges. it used to be a favorite pasttime of mine.