The Rise and Fall of My Zorro #Poetry #TuesdayTidbit #PoetryPlace

The Rise and Fall of My Zorro #Poetry #TuesdayTidbit #PoetryPlace

The Rise and Fall of My Zorro #Poetry #TuesdayTidbit

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.

As promised, here is my step-by-step process of how I wrote a particular poem, modeled after a similar post by fellow author and blogger Lynda McKinney Lambert. You can read her post here.


Step One: Select a song lyric that you like or even one that you don’t like. Use one or two lines from that song as the theme for your new poem.

I used “I want to spend my lifetime loving you” from the song by that name, which was used in The Mask of Zorro. This was one of my late husband Bill’s favorite movies, and after he proposed to me, “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You” became one of our songs. You can read more about that in My Ideal Partner, which is available from Smashwords this month for free. Please see below for details.

Step 2: Select one or two lines from the song as a place to begin your poem.

I used these two sentences. “Take my hand. Dance with me.” They don’t begin the poem because I wanted to describe Zorro before he speaks. After his strokes, Bill couldn’t walk, let alone dance. So, there’s the irony.

Step 3: Choose the format you will use for the poem.

As with most of my poems, I chose free verse because I didn’t want to work with limits imposed by many traditional forms of poetry. This poem appears in My Ideal Partner. Below it, you’ll find a link to where you can hear me read it plus a video of the song that inspired it.


To read the poem and learn about All Abbie’s work as well keep reading at:

One Comment

  1. Thank you, Patty, for reblogging.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *