As I’ve mentioned in blog posts before, I am SO excited about each and every class I’m taking this semester. Up until now, I have been in a mixture of 100+ student lecture halls and boring core classes that I am not completely interested in. However, this semester I am taking 3 exciting LCC courses and Marketing! My LCC curriculum consists of a senior seminar on Disney Animation, a lecture-based class on film editing theory, and a writing seminar on poetry. For the poetry class, the students (there’s only 4 of us in all!) write a poem each week and critique and reform each one. Here is a poem I wrote this week and shared today :)
Hiking Up Kennesaw
Every Sunday my grandfather brought me to this mountain;
sometimes before the sun rose
to watch the colors surge
over the eastern horizon.
He declared the pink in the sky
was the blood of night, sacrificing
itself for the birth of a bright beginning.
He searched out the battleground remnants
and memorials of soldiers
who made this mountain their grave.
I rolled my eyes at the painstaking
time spent reading those plaques,
while joggers passed and we paused.
I preferred the solitude of the high air,
the slippery gravel that made the climb an act of triumph,
the breathlessness of ascending.
As I trek to the top this time,
each step a stark reminder,
every landscape holding memories,
I hear his footsteps echoing mine
as I scatter his ashes atop the lookout.