I can connect the dots 'cross the bridge
of her nose just to hear her sweet giggle
bubble around us.
I know she'll shake
her face and scrunch up her nose,
pull back from my reach and twirl
her pink lace layered skirt flaring out
about her as though at any moment
it'll lift her into the air -
a flying petal
propeller spiriting her up as her arms
reach out toward the sky above.
She'll stop mid-twirl, quickly regain her legs
and run back towards me.
"Again! Again! Do it again!"
she'll squirm and giggle as
"1, 2, 3...over the mountain...4, 5, 6, 7"
before she escapes my grasp once again
soaring in carefree giggly delight.
A bit of rambling and Inspiration for this piece: There is a reason I write poetry. I don't much care for the detail that goes along with writing lengthy prose. Building a scene or developing a character is wordy and poetry well I admit it has its moments, but for the most part siphons of most of the unnecessary. I've managed lengthy prose, but that's mainly because I quite enjoy the dialogue and the moments and emotions I can conjure up with dialogue.
The reason I mention any of this is because I find it hard enough to develop a character when faced with lengthy prose, the idea of doing so within the confines of poem seems crazy. Not that it can't be done. I have read some amazing pieces where a character can seamlessly be brought to life through poetry. I think the underlying problem is that I just don't "look" at people...fear tied to social anxiety; I have a unwritten piece entitle "Selective Blindness" that speaks to this, but that's besides the point. Anyway...
With the prompt over at dVerse Poets Pub for this week's Meeting the Bar, being about creating a character through a poem...this here is my feeble attempt at capturing a character through poetry.