A simple beehive
containing seven letters,
with the center one a necessity.
How many words can I create?
The New York Times
offers the perfect challenge
for a puzzler
But many a night,
I stay up way past bedtime
to discover enough words
to crown me a genius.
If only life
were like the Spelling Bee…
my genius would shine through
if only I could find
the right combination
*inspired by a mentor text (Six Minutes, Twenty-six Seconds) in Linda Rief’s wonderful The Quickwrite Handbook.
8 thoughts on “Spelling Bee”
Ahhh, Spelling Bee. You speak such true words here! These games are marvelously addictive. Love the format for this slice!
Your last verse—-
I laughed (I too, want to be a genius at the Spelling Bee, and to be recognized!) Then your final passage struck a serious note. Yes, I would also like very much to find the right combinations…
I love it and I love Spelling Bee! What a great analogy about it and life – just the right combination will crown me a genius! If only it were so simple. Such a great post – thank you!
I love where your poem took me. Also, I have been doing Wordle, but didn’t know about Spelling Bee. I will have to look!
Yes! I love this Spelling Bee and Wordle. I also love your clever poem.
Your poem tells us readers so much in just a few words. And also I love that NYT puzzle!
Did you write this poem in 6 minutes and 26 seconds?! Either way, love how you convey so much in this satisfying slice. I’ve been doing Spelling Bee daily ever since the pandemic started. I collaborate with two other friends. We share our lists once we reach genius and try to get Queen Bee together. And yes, we are up all hours of the night…