A Few More Water Poems

I wrote this for Laura’s Shovan’s Water Poem Project. On Day 15 Chris Baron challenged us to look beneath the surface of water. Apparently that was truly challenging for me. As you can see I saw a lot more above than below.

I was even more off topic on Day 9 with Kat Appel’s challenge to write a solage. A solage is a humorous three line poem. The first two lines rhyme. The third line is one word that adds a twist. My twist was leaving out the water!



You say this poem has to rhyme?
Breaking rules is my favorite crime.
Free verse.

Elizabeth Steinglass


Today I also have a poem at Tabatha Yeatt’s blog The Opposite of Indifference. She is running a series for National Poetry Month, poems with the theme What I Wish You Knew. I am feeing incredibly grateful to Tabatha for thinking of this and organizing it and to the writers for sharing their experiences.

I hope you’re all hanging in there. I had some definite mood swings this week, but we are healthy and safe and together. I hope you and yours are well.

Amy has the roundup at The Poem Farm. See you there!






19 replies
  1. Kay Jernigan McGriff
    Kay Jernigan McGriff says:

    Liz, I loved your poem over at Tabatha’s today. And I like your water poems. .Your first one could describe our pond — especially after rain has washed the leaves and straw around the overflow pipe and around the edges. I did not know about the solage form, but it looks like fun to try

  2. Mary Lee
    Mary Lee says:

    I’m going to have to try a solage! There are chorus frogs in the urban wetland in our neighborhood. So much fun!

  3. Laura Shovan
    Laura Shovan says:

    You’ve been a busy poet this week, Liz. Your “under the surface” poem makes me picture young frogs in the pond, their eyes just peeping above the water, almost looking like algae!

  4. Sally Murphy
    Sally Murphy says:

    Liz, I loved your poem at Tabatha’s blog, and then I loved these ones too. What a bonus to have three poems from you in one day. Your solage made me laugh out loud. I find challenges tricky, so I love that you used the rules as your twist!

  5. Bridget Magee
    Bridget Magee says:

    All of your poems hit the mark. I love thinking about ‘tadpoles going about their day’ while the rest of the world implodes. We’ve had moods and then some going on over here too. Sending you a virtual hug. 🙂

  6. Catherine Flynn
    Catherine Flynn says:

    I spent some time at our pond yesterday, contemplating that “tarnished surface” and the “tadpoles go[ing] about their day” underneath. Your poem captures the scene perfectly! And I love the sly humor of your solage!

  7. Carol Varsalona
    Carol Varsalona says:

    Liz, your poem, Pond, has so many layers of descriptions that I enjoyed reading it several times. I never tried a solage but then again, I don’t think I am a humorous person. I did like your twist.


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