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Saturday’s Mix-May 5, 2017


Welcome to Saturday’s Mix. I will be hosting every Saturday throughout the summer while Bastet is taking a break. Today, I thought we’d look at Emily Dickinson. Known for her unusual similes and metaphors, she can be rather cryptic to read. For example, she wrote this poem:

A Route of Evanescence,
With a revolving Wheel–
A Resonance of Emerald
A Rush of Cochineal–
And every Blossom on the Bush
Adjusts it’s tumbled Head–
The Mail from Tunis—probably,
An easy Morning’s Ride–

Who would guess she’s actually describing a hummingbird?

hummingbird Ew

Today’s challenge is to write a poem or short piece of poetic prose using unique similes and metaphors to describe some aspect of nature. It can be an animal, plant or anything else from the natural world, but the real challenge is find new and unique ways to describe it.

Alternatively, you can write a piece of short fiction (no more than 150 words) about a hummingbird, literal or metaphorical.

Hummingbird 1ew

Finally, you can use one of the images to write a poem or shadorma about a hummingbird.

Once you’ve written your piece please tag your work Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie and Saturday Mix then either ping back or put a link to your work in the comments below. To make things simpler you can add your link to the Mr. Linky app below so everyone will be able to quickly find your work.


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18 comments on “Saturday’s Mix-May 5, 2017

  1. Lorraine
    May 6, 2017

    Off to a great start — an interesting and beautiful challenge.

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  3. pensitivity101
    May 6, 2017

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful bird.

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  6. kim881
    May 6, 2017

    Thank you for getting the creative juices flowing this morning with an interesting challenge, Teresa!

    • Teresa
      May 6, 2017

      This is always a fun activity with my high school students, so I thought I’d start with something I’ve done before.

  7. flashpoetguy
    May 6, 2017

    “Keep the nectar flowing” might smack of wild abandon, the slurred tongue of a Caesar reclined at the Bacchanal buffet, or perhaps a coded message to helmsmen plowing through perilous waters or a do-or-die command to soldiers, deafened by ceaseless salvos, to keep firing away.

    The sunflower in the field is an open alms-giving cup, bright yellow petals like fingers beckoning hummingbirds to come feast on sweet nectar.

    “Keep the nectar flowing,” the rapid wingbeats say. “I can hover like this forever.”

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  10. georgeplace2013
    May 9, 2017

    Late but I love this prompt!

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