Banner Mountain Girl # 48 — “A poem begins . . .”

“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness . . . It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.”–Robert Frost

At the age of nine, I had not heard of Robert Frost when I wrote my first poem, there at Banner Mountain in the two room schoolhouse. But my first poem was about love for my mother. My words rhymed, and I’m sure I was following the teacher’s instructions when I penned my first masterpiece onto the page of that Big Chief tablet.

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But it would be many years before I set foot on my journey into writing and poetry. And now, I continue with writing and poetry because they are my destiny. The journey is still adventurous and lovely, sometimes frustrating but always satisfying. I agree with the quote by Robert Frost on how a poem begins. He created masterpieces!

~ Freeda Baker Nichols


3 comments on “Banner Mountain Girl # 48 — “A poem begins . . .”

  1. So true! Sometimes poetry is the only way I can speak from my heart. It’s my default crutch. Though I use my devices to write, I still carry paper and pen everywhere. I don’t feel whole without them.

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  2. Lovely story! Can’t believe the original tablet cost 39 cents.


    • About the tablet. This is a picture of a tablet from the early 1970’s. I used it for journal writing etc. I no longer have a tablet from my childhood. So, back then, the tablets were probably much cheaper than 39cents. My husband called my attention to that after I published the blog. 🙂 I still have the tablet in the picture. The page I wrote my first poem on is like the paper in this tablet.


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