Mary Oliver, in her oft-referred-to A Poetry Handbook and Natalie Goldberg in Writing Down the Bones, each dedicate a number of pages to the reading and discussion of William Carlos Williams' sweet, simple-yet-complex poem The Red Wheelbarrow.
Only eight lines long, this poem teaches volumes. Every word has both literal and figurative meaning. The design of the piece adds impact. The lack of punctuation is purposeful and significant.
Your assignment? Read The Red Wheelbarrow, then write an eight line poem of your own whose simplicity is equally complex. Post the finished work on your site, then link up here. Be sure to give feedback to other participants. Can't wait! ~K