November Yeats challenge: Day One

Well it’s November and I am joining Jane Dougherty in an alternative to the scary grown up NanoWritMo.

I agree with Jane that it is easier to write than get your book published, even self published. So I shall be joining her in writing a poem a day, fingers crossed, using a couple of lines which she will have picked from a WB Yeats poem.

The first lines chosen are 

โ€œthey will ride the North when the ger-eagle flies,

With heavy whitening wings, and a heart fallen cold:โ€ โ€”W. B. Yeats

 Jane’s first poem and her explation of this Alternative Challenge is here.

My first poem inspired by Yeats’s words is about Canadian/ North American First Nation, indigenous women, Inuit, Metis and Native American. Read about them here. 

 The disappeared.

They did not all ask to die

Not all had that choice

Some did just go, no reason why.

Others are lost without a voice.
They would blacken the Northern sky

If they could only be seen

Competing with magestic eagles as they fly

Empty shells of what they could of been.
They had little future but it was theirs.

Young, their wings not grown

Gone and authorities seem not to care

Cold lost souls, stolen lives they had never known.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Dougherty
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 14:50:20

    Thanks for the powerful poem, Willow. I’m struck by how you compare those poor lost women with the fairy people who were also lost, driven out by the new religion/invader. Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Judy E Martin
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 16:06:56

    This is a fantastic start to the challenge, Willow ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Lynz Real Cooking
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 16:45:20

    A sad and lovely poem!


  4. Lynz Real Cooking
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 17:04:23

    Very powerful Willow, sad and tragic!! Your way of writing is lovely even in a horrible and sad situation!


  5. Mr. Militant Negro
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 17:26:38

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroโ„ข.


  6. Ritu
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 18:57:43

    Good job with this sis xxx


  7. pranabaxom
    Nov 01, 2017 @ 19:57:31

    Wow! I think you captured the sentiment of the quote very well.


  8. Betty Hayes Albright
    Nov 02, 2017 @ 02:52:23

    Great topic you chose – we must never forget what our ancestors did to the beautiful indigenous cultures who were here first. Powerful poem, Willow! ๐Ÿ’™


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