Ed’s Top Ten Favorite March Madness Poetry 2012 Poems: #2

We’re now just TWO days away from the start of March Madness Poetry 2013!

Continuing my one-a-day posting of my Top Ten favorite poems from #MMPoetry 2012 … today we witness the talent of Laura Purdie Salas through a poem prompted by her 3-seed word “knack” in the first round:

Natural Talent
by Laura Salas

Sky has a knack for
pounding out rain
Ground has a knack for

Spring has a knack for
bursting out blooms
Seed has a knack for

This poem captured 67% of the vote in its matchup and helped Laura reach the second round. I adore the personification in this poem. Following the first three talents of sky, ground, and spring in natural terms, the seed’s role in the process is simply to believe. What an image and feeling this creates, in so few words. Click here to see this poem as it originally appeared in #MMPoetry 2012.

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  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Short and sweet. And powerful. Well my “seed” better believe in me! ;)

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    Love. It.

  • Janet F.

    I agree, Ed. Way to go, Laura!! I do love this poem, too! Going to try the Gravatar thing eventually!

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Love the short and sweet and true.
    There’s so much talent here I’m getting a knack for nervousness…

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Thanks, Ed! I’m honored! I always tell kids on school visits that when I go to write a poem, I never know if it will come out good or crappy (and that it doesn’t matter–just write it, and THEN you can decide what you like or don’t like about it). I remember writing this one in my head in about 5 minutes in the shower last year. It was one of the rare ones I loved in basically first draft form. Boy, that doesn’t happen often. For example, my second-round poem lost and I worked lots harder on it. Isn’t that always the way?

  • Marcus Ewert

    Such a good poem, Laura! It’s one of my absolute favorites, too!

  • Marileta Robinson

    I love this poem. It has that echo of a deeper meaning.

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Ah yes, Laura has a way with nature. Simply lovely.

  • http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    If you enjoy a poem on a first read AND it stays in your head, then it’s a winner. This was true for me with “Natural Talent” both last year and now again!

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    what a delicious tidbit of a poem! A delight.

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    I remember this one, it’s beautiful!

  • http://www.childrensauthorbjlee.com B.J. Lee

    I love that hint of faith/mystery at the end! Very nice, Laura!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Thank you, everyone! Your kind words are bolstering me as my “fickle” brain hopes for a gift of a poem sometime today!

    Now…let’s rock!