Believe it or not, this mildewy doll in a tattered dress was the inspiration for a poem that won a prize in 2014 from the Oregon Poetry Association.
by Linda Ferguson
I love the bite of childhood –
like the imprint of my imperfect teeth
in a slice of orange cheese
or the spiked scribbles of my first
freewheeling tries at cursive writing,
which looked something like Poseidon’s
Those playing cards told a story too
when I stuck them in my spokes and turned
my girl’s bike into a motorcycle
racing round the corner in a blur
of rolling R’s and blue fumes.
And how about the trumpet-call
of the silent doll on my shelf? With her
black eyes and red Spanish lace, I could hear
her flamenco-style stamp send a message,
like Morse code, only louder and more clear –
I’m strong, I’m fast, I’m here.
If you're feeling the itch to write, the inspiration for a new piece could be right under your nose. Look around you. The mustiest, most ordinary object might have a story -- or poem -- to tell.
*"Spanish Lace" by Linda Ferguson published in the 2014 volume of Verseweavers: The Oregon Poetry Association's Anthology of Prize-Winning Poems.