Poetry Friday~Swimming Toward the Light

I know it’s August, but I am sharing a poem I wrote in March for Ed DeCaria’s March Madness Poetry Tournament. You can find out more about this fun event HERE. Authletes are given a word and have only 36 hours to compose a poem using  that word. I was given the word amicable. I searched high and low for an idea and ended up in the depths!

Swimming Toward the Light

On a lonely, lightless bottom, fathoms down below,
a solitary, stalk-eyed shrimp is swimming to and fro.

“Look! A luminescent, phosphorescent, incandescent glow!”

 On that lonely, lightless bottom, fathoms down below,
a serrated-saw-toothed anglerfish’s lure waves to and fro—

Thus…the luminescent, phosphorescent, incandescent glow!

And what to shrimp seemed amicable…never would be so.

– © 2013 Penny Klostermann

I hope you enjoyed my poem.

Thanks to Renee for mentioning Poet’s Garage in her post today. I am happy to be a part of this wonderful critique group. If you would like to know more about Poet’s Garage, click HERE. And since Renee is the host today, head on over to No Water River and enjoy all the Poetry Friday offerings.

49 thoughts on “Poetry Friday~Swimming Toward the Light

  1. Thanks, Penny, for taking the time to comment on my newest baby board book – and – leading me to YOUR blog and fun poem!
    I also loved following-the-links from your blog to those of other writers.


  2. I remember this one, Penny. Very nice! I love the description of the seafloor as ‘lonely, lightless.’


    1. Hi Carrie! Once one of my 5th graders did a report on the anglerfish. I didn’t know much about this ugly guy until then. Thinking of how deep they are and how dark it is does sound VERY lonely. Thanks for coming by!


        1. Penny – what is the schedule for Poets Garage? (Do you post once a month or biweekly or other?) Is it a swap where you critique two and get critiques back each time? Thanks!


  3. Wasn’t March Madness wonderful? And this poem is certainly one of the bright stars (or anglerfish) to have come from that. Thanks for sharing it with us again!


  4. Go shrimp, go!
    Get away from that glow!
    Oh no.
    A tale of woe.

    Seeing Poetry Friday makes me feel as though summer is drawing to a close! Hope yours has been a happy one Penny.


  5. I especially love the TITLE because it makes me expect something totally different. Then BOOM! Poor little shrimp’s a goner. 🙂

    Fun wordplay as always, Penny. And hey, your poem fits the roundup fishing theme today!


    1. Yeah! Poor little shrimp. And I did hit the theme. Something’s fishy! Oh wait, that’s not a good line! I can’t think of anything clever, so will you let me off the hook? OK…enough!


  6. Love this one, Penny! It seems quite Poe-esque to me with the repeated line of wonderful words – luminescent, phosphorescent, incandescent!


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