NaPoWriMo Day 9- 4×4 Raised Bed

I groaned at the prompt from NaPoWriMo Day 9. The dreaded concrete poem! “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a “concrete” poem – a poem in which the lines and words are organized to take a shape that reflects in some way the theme of the poem. This might seem like a very modernist idea, but poets have been writing concrete poems since the 1600s! Your poem can take a simple shape, like a box or ball, or maybe you’ll have fun trying something more elaborate, like this poem in the shape of a Christmas tree.” Admittedly, the Christmas tree sonnet is very clever. also referenced Kirsten Kaschock’s chapbook, Windowboxing. After I had had a few melodramatic inner moments anguishing over the prompt, I remembered my clever gardener husband’s raised beds using the 4×4 internal rotation method. For a two person household, this helps feed us without a glut and makes room for successional sowing. This You Tube should give you an idea of the method for those of you who are gardening curious.

4×4 Raised Bed

Part of my panic was how I was going to actually format the blasted text. An Adobe Spark template came to my rescue. So today’s poem is embedded in an image.

NaPoWriMoDay9 Concrete Poem
NaPoWriMo2020 Day 9- Concrete Poem

The featured image is a photo by Vincent Wachowiak on UnSplash.