This Must Be March
March 09, 2023
what makes march special
who makes march madness
what makes a march a march
who owns march
what month is march for
is it march today
I made this poem using autofill suggestions on a Google search, then added some tabs. You can read it several ways, although the formatting may be off if you're reading on a phone.
On Friday, March 10, Heidi Mordhorst has the Poetry Friday roundup at her blog My Juicy Little Universe.
Photo by ST: Detail from Yayoi Kusama's mosaic mural “A Message of Love, Directly from My Heart unto the Universe” (2022), at Grand Central Terminal, NYC.
Susan, I love this way of crowd-sourcing a poem. Yes, it is March today, and we own it! I adore that mosaic and would gladly have it on my wall. I wonder how grand and central it is? Would it fit my little house?
Posted by: Heidi | March 10, 2023 at 05:48 AM
What fun to play with Google for your poem, Susan. Like March itself, it is full of surprises!
Posted by: Linda Baie | March 10, 2023 at 07:58 AM
I love how fun the experience of this poem is! Thank you!
Posted by: Irene Latham | March 10, 2023 at 08:21 AM
Susan what a fun process in writing this poem. I love the thoughts that come as I read it, and to experiment reading it in different ways. The image of sunshines is gorgeous!
Posted by: Denise Krebs | March 10, 2023 at 12:09 PM
Fun March poem, Susan! I‘ve never been able to create anything interesting from auto fill. It quickly devolves into loops of nonsense!
Posted by: Laura Shovan | March 10, 2023 at 01:49 PM
Your poem made me wonder and I took to Google Search. I guess it is crowd-sourcing a poem and what a good idea. Thanks.
Posted by: janice scully | March 10, 2023 at 02:12 PM
Heidi, that mural would be perfect...and, at 5 ft. x 120 ft., sure to be very grand and very central.
Linda, I was totally playing around with Google and laughing at some of the results.
Irene, thank you for reading!
Denise, that mural in Grand Central is stunning. I really liked it, too, and was lucky to see it before the crowds of commuters descended.
Laura, these poems turn out so goofy that I can't resist playing around with the questions I feed Google. Sometimes the results are really boring, and other times a gold mine.
Janice, yes, indeed, a bit of crowd-sourcing/AI with search auto-fill results!
Posted by: Susan T. | March 10, 2023 at 03:09 PM
What a fun poetry prompt! Gonna give it a try.
Posted by: Buffy Silverman | March 10, 2023 at 04:56 PM
Buffy, yay! Tell me what you think of this method.
Posted by: Susan T. | March 10, 2023 at 05:21 PM
A most productive use of Google, Susan. Your curious mind continues to serve you well. Autofill delivers to the probing poet... Well done again!
Posted by: Alan j Wright | March 10, 2023 at 10:30 PM
Some great questions, Susan. I like "who owns march" -- I've not tried autofill - you have my curiosity piqued now. Thank you!
Posted by: PATRICIA J FRANZ | March 10, 2023 at 11:33 PM
Alan and Patricia, thanks so much! I like the questions that pop up on the auto-fill, too. So odd at times, like the "who owns march.?" Where does that even come from? The mysteries of Google...
Posted by: Susan T. | March 11, 2023 at 09:11 AM
Love that you used autofill! How fun! March is really sending me over the edge these days. We got spring like weather in February and March has been such a bully with its wind.
Posted by: Marcie Flinchum Atkins | March 11, 2023 at 09:15 AM
Marcie, same here in Connecticut. Ugh. Very spring-y weather in February but windy & chilly & gray now. But thank goodness Poetry Friday always cheers me up!
Posted by: Susan T. | March 11, 2023 at 09:39 AM
Susan, it is great fun reading your March poem in different ways. Since Marcie lives near me she got the weather right. I am out exploring nature looking for the buds of spring.
Posted by: Carol Varsalona | March 11, 2023 at 10:35 AM
Carol, that's a good thing to do today. Enjoy your outdoor time. As a birdwatcher, I've come to appreciate the early signs of spring that the birds bring: the arrival of the woodcocks, killdeers, and oystercatchers reminds me that spring really is on the way. I'll do a happy dance when the first Pine Warbler shows up.
Posted by: Susan T. | March 11, 2023 at 10:53 AM
Charming March poem! I saw you had a birthday -- hope it was a good one :)
Posted by: Tabatha | March 11, 2023 at 07:06 PM
It was indeed a good birthday. Thank you, Tabatha! This poem was my own ode to birthday month.
Posted by: Susan T. | March 11, 2023 at 07:28 PM
What a fun poem Susan, and clever idea to have it autofill–perhaps a new poem form, autofill poems. I like your spacing too. Rich image also, Yayoi Kusama's art is all over, recently I saw some of her art on mugs called "Late-Night Chat, here's a link: https://mcachicagostore.org/products/kusama-late-night-chat-coffee-mug-set
Posted by: Michelle Kogan | March 12, 2023 at 03:11 AM
Thanks, Michelle. I just may have to get some mugs! Kusama will be 94 soon. Isn't that amazing?
Posted by: Susan T. | March 12, 2023 at 11:16 AM
What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Rose Cappelli | March 12, 2023 at 12:44 PM
You’re so welcome, Rose.
Posted by: Susan T. | March 12, 2023 at 07:19 PM
Love how you cleverly boosted your creativity with Google, Susan! March on! :)
Posted by: Bridget Magee | March 13, 2023 at 05:56 AM
March on: good one, Bridget! YES. Thanks for reading.
Posted by: Susan T. | March 13, 2023 at 09:26 AM
I just love how you play with words and creativity, Susan! You have more entries in my writing prompt ideas list I started than anyone else!
Posted by: Laura Purdie Salas | March 13, 2023 at 03:45 PM
That's such a nice thing to hear, Laura! Thank you. It is such fun to play around with words, isn't it? The auto-fill suggestions make me laugh sometimes, and that's my starting point.
Posted by: Susan T. | March 13, 2023 at 04:44 PM
What a fun idea for some new inspiration! I like the way the tabbed words form their own poem, too!
Our March weather is certainly a special madness. :D
Posted by: Karen Edmisten | March 14, 2023 at 08:33 AM
Our weather is a special madness, too, Karen. It's driving me crazy! I've lived in the northeast for eons, but every year I have to remind myself to wait until May for consistently nice weather...
Posted by: Susan T. | March 14, 2023 at 10:38 AM