#20 in the Poetry Potluck Series, celebrating National Poetry Month 2012.
Okay, Cutie Pies — Do you know what day it is??!!!
Maybe I should say: What are you carrying in your pocket today?
I hope that along with a ripe mango, biscuit crumbs, 3 cabbage leaves, 2 chipotle peppers, a handful of lentils, apricot rugelach, 2 cups of oatmeal, 5 blueberry muffins, orzo, almonds and pecans, a bunch of grapes, plain yogurt, shrimpies, a carrot cupcake, wild asparagus, two frozen pie crusts, and a lamb who speaks Irish — there is at least one POEM!
Walla Walla Bing Bang, it’s Poem in Your Pocket Day! — The one day of the year you’re supposed to carry around a favorite poem, stop perfect strangers in the street and read it to them (with feeling). Or maybe impress the person behind you in the grocery checkout line with a little Billy Collins while you’re juggling a few cantaloupes.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’RE NOT CARRYING A POEM?!
*wrings hands, rolls eyes*
Sheesh! Have you learned nothing this month?
It’s a GOOD THING Lill Pluta is joining the Potluck today, because she has the perfect poem for those of you with empty pockets. Yes, I know that I listed Lill as “Kay Pluta” in the Potluck Menu. That’s because Ms. Pluta goes by a few different names — sometimes it’s “Lillian Pluta,” other times, it’s “Kay Pluta,” and today it’s “Lill Pluta.” You’re allowed to have different names when you’re that awesome.
A few years ago, I picked up Lill on my internet radar. She had a blog/website called “Rumpled Words.” I tend to like my writers wrinkly and rumpled, so I followed her shenanigans as closely as I could. I learned she was a Cat Wrangler, so I invited her to our National Cat Day celebration (you can see Blitzen, Shado and Ebo here). And she once won a “rather hefty prize” for writing a poem about mustard — hot dog, she’s my kind of poet!
These days, she’s living the good life on the south Texas shore, where she’s continuing to “make metaphors out of molehills.” I don’t think she’s rumpled any more (oh, the irony), but she’s got us covered with a great poem for you to carry around all day today, and a delicious edible pocket to boot.
Lill: “Lillian’s Pocket” was first published in Thema Literary Journal, vol. 22, no. 1, Spring 2010. I had long admired this theme based literary magazine and just HAD to submit when they featured back to back themes using my first and middle names. My poem submitted for the “In Kay’s Kitchen” issue was not accepted (although it came close), but my entry for “Put It In Your Pocket, Lillian,” was.
The first line of the poem came rather quickly, but I discarded it as being totally absurd. After noodling around with other verses, I grew frustrated that the poem was going nowhere and pulled out my initial brainstorming notes. That first line struck me in a totally different way. So remember, never throw lines away even if you think they are totally batty. To learn more about Thema go here.
by Lill Pluta
There are no bats in pockets,
although the wool makes caves
for memories to roost in,
where discards hide away.
The lozenges, the pennies,
the lint, the ticket stubs,
the twist tie from a bread loaf,
a note that starts off Love . . .
You keep your dreams from daylight
and let them loose at dark.
There are no bats in pockets.
They’re folded in your heart.
Copyright 2010 Lill Pluta. All rights reserved.
Lill Pluta grew up in Georgia, went to college at Flannery O’Connor’s alma mater, which is now known as Georgia College and State University. After several years of teaching middle school kids about prepositions and participles, she left the educational world to follow her Air force husband across the country. Along the way, she collected a small herd of cats, two clever sons, and lots of happy, sad, funny bits that find their way into her stories. Having long dreamed of living by the ocean, she’s happy that they’ve finally put down roots along the Coastal Bend of Texas. Her publication credits include a picture book, a series of rhyming board books, and over a hundred short pieces for the magazine and educational market. Her first love is writing spunky imaginative tales aimed for 9-12 year olds. She’s currently working on a historical middle grade novel with a magical twist. Lill is a member of the group blog, From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. You can also find her online at her official website and personal LiveJournal blog.
Previously: Menu/Giveaway/Door Prizes, April Pulley Sayre, Mary Quattlebaum, Helen Frost, Linda Ashman, Gail Gerwin, Martha Calderaro, Kathi Appelt, Robyn Hood Black, Charles Waters, Adele Kenny, Linda Baie, Lesa Medley, Leslie Muir, Margarita Engle, Sondra Gash, Doraine Bennett, Janet Wong, Jill Corcoran.
Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.