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A Definition Poem

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Explore the Craft of Writing
Light Verse

A Definition Poem is used in classrooms and workshops as a creative writing exercise. It begins with the statement "A (noun) is ", followed by descriptions of the noun in metaphor or imagery. The frame is at the discretion of the poet although it is usually written in free verse.

Tome by Judi Van Gorder

Poetry is
words in a line
time in black on white,
plum blossoms in winter                                                                
snowflakes in July
tears on a page
magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's In the Refrigerator  by Judi Van Gorder

NBA basketball
is an athlete's ballet.
Graceful giants twist
and leap to the thrum of
We will, We will, Rock You!.

It is driving to the hole,
weaving through tall trees
at full speed for the layup
or roundball rodeo,
a sphere arcs from half court
to swish through an 18-inch ring
10 feet off the ground.
It is D-E-F-E-N-S-E,
take the charge, protect the paint,
hand in the face
pick, block, steal,
big bodies bar the way.

A lifetime in 24 seconds.
Score or hit the rim,
rebound or turn the ball over
all in just about the same time it takes to read these words.

NBA basketball is a whole list of Chickisms*.
"nothing but net",
"it's in the refrigerator,
butter's gettin hard and the jello's jigglin'",
"the mustard's off the hot dog",
"he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar"
and "Slam Dunk!"

Adrenaline on a hardwood court,
my winter retreat.



*Chickisms, basketball terms used by most basketball commentators today, attributed to the late Chick Hearn 1916-2002, the voice of the LA Lakers.

 


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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