Monday, April 11, 2016

DMC: "Circle of Life" by Jessica Bigi


We were born near blue oceans—
Green sea turtles emerging from eggs
Flipper digging brown-white sands
Following footsteps of other turtles
Into blue rolling waters

Oceans of squids and krill
Blue whales emerging into light
From deep purple depth into light
Oceans of seaweed and seahorses

We were born in lakes
Shimmering lakes—
Lakes of bluegills and pink waterlilies
Buzzing purple-green wing water nymphs

We were born near lakes
Lakes of water spiders and minnows
Blue herons standing in
Lakes of seagulls and bass

We were born in rivers
Rivers of tadpoles and salamanders
Rainbow troughs
Rivers of ducks and crayfish

We were born on the land
Deer running through fields
Drinking from rivers

We were born in the forest
Firs, oak and ash
We breathe life into the air
oak and ash

We were born in the sky
Blue-blue sky
Eagle soaring

© 2016 Jessica Bigi. All rights reserved.

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  1. Lovely, Jessica! I like the "flow" between stanzas and circling back to blue at the end.

    1. Thank you Michelle this was a wonderful learning experience for me weighting this poem for Marilyn challenge

  2. It's a beautifully creative way to respond to "echo", Jessica. I love all the images you've included.

  3. Absolutely beautiful. The repetition works perfectly.

  4. Nice imagery here, and I like the repetition of the color blue, which ties it together.

  5. LOVE it. Filled with wonderful images. It's the kind of poem you wish you would have written. :-)

  6. What a cute sea turtle drawing! And the repeated (echoed) line of "we were born" makes this poem flow like the water it speaks of.

  7. Thank you so much every one for your positive and encoring comments I'm looking to reading some of your poems for this challenge :)