Picnic

In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I’d reprint one of my poems here. This little poem was first published in Encore: Prize Poems of the NFSPS 2013 published by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. It’s one of those I popped off quickly and sent out on a whim — only to have it get picked up immediately. I hope you enjoy!

Picnic

The freckles
on your body
are like
the wildflowers
in this field;

I want to
                    connect
                                     each
                                                  dot

with my tongue โ€“

I want to
see
if they
taste

like
          sprinkles
                              or
                                    pollen.

 

ยฉ Annie Neugebauer, 2013.

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  • Regina Richards

    Beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚ The perfect poem for this time of year with the stunning display of Texas wildflowers in full riot.

  • AndreaBlythe

    Beautiful!

  • Melissa Crytzer Fry

    Oooh, Annie. I love this! And I love that you just “Jotted it down” and it was published. Sometimes inspiration is like that: quick and successful!

    • Thanks, Melissa! It’s always fun and interesting to see which pieces land where and when. I’m so often surprised!

  • Diann

    So beautiful, Annie! And I realized I haven’t commented on your wonderful Zanders the Magnificent short story. Really love seeing your work.

  • Love that, both the whimsy and surprise it elicited and the use of concrete style. (I think that’s what it’s called.) It put a big smile on my face. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Aw, thanks Lexa! (And yes, that is what it’s called.) I love to hear that!

      • Ha! I remembered something! Believe it or not, 5 yrs ago, my writing-newbie-self tried her hand at concrete poetry once and was pubbed here:
        http://sexandmurder.com/firstborn.html

        • Oh, I love that! Too fun, Lexa. Thanks for sharing!!

          • Thanks! I just realized that one was pubbed under another pen name – I’ve had 4 of them. I’m such a pen name whore! lol

  • Carie Juettner

    What a sexy little poem! I love it! And I love that you just “jotted it down.” I’m a big believer in revision, but once in a while a piece just flows out of you in such a way that you know it’s complete already. I guess this was one of those. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s funny how some of them just come out that way, isn’t it? I didn’t even have anyone besides me read it before I sent in (there was no time). Kind of fun!

      • Peggy

        Sometimes you just know, don’t you? This is one of those poems that just makes you smile and feel alive – love it!!!

  • A. B. Davis

    Hot! Love it!

  • Cynthia Robertson

    Love it, Annie. What a perfect title, too. A great example of why titles are so important and are part of the whole, and not just some tag added on. This one would be diminished without it here.

  • Traci Kenworth

    Nice!!