Ridiculous Plan

Terrance Hayes invented the Golden Shovel style of poetry. This form of found poetry allows the writer to take a favorite poem and use it to make something original. I experimented with found poetry last year when I wrote Blank Verse poems. In the month of July, I focused on  William Blake’s poems. Blake and I are breaking up. I decided to switch things up a bit in August. I will continue to write Golden Shovel but move on to Robert Frost. Frost dropped out of college twice but earned more than 40 honorary degrees. That is the smart way to go to college, but he had to win four Pulitzer Prize for poetry to accomplish the task. He read a poem at JFK’s presidential inauguration. Therefore, you have to admire a man who can accomplish the important things in life. I will call this poem Ridiculous Plan.

The rules for writing a Golden Shovel Poem and Ridiculous Plan

While researching this style of poetry created by Terrance Hayes, there seem to be four simple rules. You can use as many lines of the poem as you want, and the poem will end with you being your creation. I find this idea interesting. Written below are the three simple rules.

). Choose a poem that you like. I currently I will use poems by Robert Frost.

2)Use each word in the line or lines as the end word in your poem. Make sure they stay in order.

3) Construct an entire poem around them. The meaning doesn’t have to be the same.

4) Give the original poet credit who wrote the line or lines you used.  

In this poetic adventure, I will use poems written by Robert Frost. This small poem I call Ridiculous Plan. It will consist of the end of lines taken from Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Ridiculous Plan 

I don’t remember whose
Idea included the woods
With all the trees and these
Animals that always are
Lurking to find you and I
Don't believe they honestly think
About the danger and I
Hope they didn’t know

The ridiculous plan wasn’t his
He suggested we stay in the house
That’s how it always is
When it is best to remain in
A warm place inside the 
Security of the village
Illusion of safety is there though.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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