dVerse — Poetics — A Walk to the Mailbox

blue ship stranded on snow

A yellow orb above sparks snow below;
the postal truck left tracks a bit ago.
It’s time to don my boots and go outside;
the clunky ones that force a wider stride.
I’m bundled up a little less than Monday;
the ice agrees and drips from all the eaves.
I’m wary as I parse the glittered veil
for underneath a slipper taunts; a grey
slick garment pads mid-winter’s cold ballet.
Eureka smiles; a card arrived. Ooh! Yay!

Dedicated to the lovely poets and artists in the postcard exchanges.

Ingrid is today’s host of dVerse’ Poetics. Ingrid says:
So, this week, I challenge you to write a poem in iambic pentameter. You can choose either blank verse (in which the pentameter is unrhymed) or a form such as a sonnet or villanelle. Ideally, you will take a walk as you work out the lines: either around your living room, in your garden, or perhaps out in nature.

51 Comments Add yours

  1. What a lovely trip to fetch the postcard… love how you made poetr y of that short walk.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bjorn, thank you. So happy you enjoyed the poem ❤

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  2. Ingrid says:

    I love what you’ve done here Lisa: captured a moment which is so cold, but that critical point at which the ice begins to melt. Love the enjambement and the surprise at the end 🙂 The collage is also very interesting – I am trying to figure out what the figure is at the bottom…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ingrid for the comment and the feedback. The image was taken from an article on an arctic exploration where I think they were rapeling down into the cracks between the glaciers. I think that thing is a vehicle or a machine of some kind they use.

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      1. Ingrid says:

        Wow, so some kind of snowmobile? Fascinating, thanks!

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  3. Wonderfully written.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lamittan.

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      1. Welcome more and more, Msjadeli

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  4. calmkate says:

    you captured the rhythm and the cold, hope the thaw continues! Well done 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kate. It’s still sunny with dripping from the eaves, so far so good 🙂

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  5. beautiful job with your poem Lisa! love the flow and build up!💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Cindy 🙂

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      1. You’re so welcome!
        💖

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  6. Rob Kistner says:

    Great job my friend! Ok Lisa, you piqued my curiosity — what is the postcard exchange?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Rob! There are two that I know of. One is an annual postcard exchange called the Poetry Postcard Festival and one is a group of bloggers organized by Suzanne who exchange poetry postcards with each other. If you want more info, email me at ms_jade_li@hotmail.com

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  7. Ain says:

    Ha! That was so charming….and clever! Enjoyed very much…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, so happy you were charmed by it, thank you.

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      1. Ain says:

        Aside from the description, the narrative was the charm, that fun ending…

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  8. Truedessa says:

    Thanks for taking me on that walk. Your weather seems much like mine. Today, was a bit warmer after all the snow, ice and freezing rain.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy to oblige, Truedessa. It was nice to see the sun shining all day long.

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  9. memadtwo says:

    Another great collage. And you’ve captured the joy of receiving mail. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Kerfe.

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  10. Gillena Cox says:

    That yay, i know so well. Our postal services has gone haywire since the pandemic stepped in. I receive a Christmas card in late January and was super happy about it

    Happy you dropped by my blog

    Much love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you can relate, but sorry your mail is taking its time. The friend I just had lunch with said she is having troubles also with getting her mail.

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  11. Sadje says:

    It’s always too get a pleasant surprise in the Mail.

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  12. Ooh! Yay!

    So cute!


    David

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  13. Poetry can turn the mundane into magical! Lovely flow, Li. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam thank you very much, I am glad you enjoyed it. ❤

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      1. You are so welcome. 🙂

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  14. Nicely done cause I was walking along with you. (Like the postal truck)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yvonne, thank you and nice to have some company on the walk out 🙂

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  15. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done Lisa. You poem flows very well. Love the chill of the Michigan winter coming after you!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dwight. Winter still rules MI right now.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Hang in there… Spring is just around the corner.

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  16. A very ‘cool’ poem!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Carol 🙂

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  17. Lisa, I am simultaneously laughing and shivering reading your chilly poem. It’s been quite some time since I put on my boots or received a postcard! Love your illustration. ❤ Wishing you an early spring!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Haha! Wonderful comment, Cheryl. Thank you for reading.

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  18. writingwhatnots says:

    Cannot remember the last postcard I received! A lovely delivery to receive in your freezing ‘mid-winter’s cold ballet’.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed, Marion! Thank you.

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  19. Helen Dehner says:

    Gorgeous, Lisa! You brought your trek to life for the reader. Brrrr and cheers.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, thank you. Glad you enjoyed reading it.

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  20. merrildsmith says:

    I like how your poem captures that short walk and all you see and feel around you.
    Interesting image, too. 😊

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Merril. It’s a collage I did for POPO2021 and repurposed 🙂

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome! 😊

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  21. pvcann says:

    The way I read it, it seems that the cold accentuates the reduced travel hence the joy of a card arriving, contact, warming the soul.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Paul, it is and is does.

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  22. This is unique, Lisa. I love it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sara, thank you ❤

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