Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Green Toothbrush


Yesterday I read "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams with my class: 

so much depends 
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

One of my students observed that an excellent analog to the poem might be titled "The Green Toothbrush," an idea I liked so much that I couldn't help but compose the poem:

      a
pea-sized
iridescent orb, like


   a
pearl
so obviously pained


   with
polishing
one indomitable grain


  of
sand
that it quivers, sits


    on
the stiff
unbending bristles


    of
my son’s
green Peanuts toothbrush.



Get it? 

Like it?

3 comments:

The Renaissance Man said...

Uncle Zach, I like it when you write poetry.

Anonymous said...

Especially the peanuts part I
Like it a lot.

klm

Muhammad Amir said...

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