Why do I love poetry so much?
A different way of putting words together, sometimes in assemblance, sometimes nonsensical, sometimes magical, the flow of thought and words, the expression of something different…
What have you found when you read a poem?
A word or a phrase or a paragraph that touches your heart? Your soul? The words you wanted to say but someone else did? A connection to something within, a joke or a laugh or a tear… ahhhh, so many things to describe, and so many ways to create a poem…
Me, I enjoy writing with a flow of consciousness, a stream of thoughts that come to me in the moment, not well thought out, not planned, but just being in that moment… and that is what I call my life shorts! My third book, is a poetry book, and that is what they are, my life shorts… bits and pieces of my life and views and feelings and experiences. ( Breaking Down the Walls, available on amazon…)
Some like to rhyme, some like to fit the words into boxes of definition, some say there are 4 types, some say 6, some say 7, etc: haiku, sonnet, ballad, acrostic, etc… me, I’m a bit of a rebel and go free spirit all the way. I’ve written a few haiku, and I do love a challenge and what it evokes… but to each his own…
Basically, I want to be touched, I want to be awed, I want to feel, and be there, and sometimes identify, and sometimes to live vicariously through someone elses eyes and words… I just love art and self-expression of any kind!
It’s all an experience…
Some poetry that came across my window this last week;
In her room at the prow of the house
Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,
My daughter is writing a story.
I pause in the stairwell, hearing
From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys
Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.
Young as she is, the stuff
Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:
I wish her a lucky passage.
But now it is she who pauses,
As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.
A stillness greatens, in which
The whole house seems to be thinking,
And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor
Of strokes, and again is silent.
I remember the dazed starling
Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;
How we stole in, lifted a sash
And retreated, not to affright it;
And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,
We watched the sleek, wild, dark
And iridescent creature
Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove
To the hard floor, or the desk-top,
And wait then, humped and bloody,
For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits
Rose when, suddenly sure,
It lifted off from a chair-back,
Beating a smooth course for the right window
And clearing the sill of the world.
It is always a matter, my darling,
Of life or death, as I had forgotten. I wish
What I wished you before, but harder.
— Richard Wilbur (1921–2017)
And you can read more from Russ Roberts and poems from/about his father, here:
I would love to know your thoughts…
And if you are so inclined, to share your words with me, ( I can possibly share them here, submission forms below)
If you are wanting to do some more writing, or try some poetry, or get your journaling practice happening, like we do every week, you can join my Tuesday weekly class, on zoom, 3:00 PST…
From the Body to the Page!
Join us for our weekly virtual journaling/writing class, with adventurous prompts and inspired sharing, time for you to dive into your words and your self-expression! It’s only $27 bucks ( oopsie…a little misprint last week! Saying this class was $227 bucks… NOT!) a month to join us every week for an hour of YOU time, exploring your words, heart and soul, and fun expressions!!!
Our once-a-week gathering on Zoom with focused time to journal to the varied prompts of poetry, stories, magic and soul-searching phrases!
Time to write together and time to read aloud your journaling, with no critique or judgment, only encouragement and support. This is time for you to take the pen to the page, perhaps with some body movement, while you listen deep within, and enjoy this hour of YOU and your creativity unfolding.
If you would like to submit a piece of your writing, or someone else’s that has inspired you, or a quote, or a poem, for our Weekly Musings, here is a way to do that, easy:
Submission for The Weekly Musings
From the Body to the Page
(You must own your submissions or give permission and give credit to who wrote it!)
Email to Paulette@paulettereesdenis.com
Let me know your thoughts, or share your words, or join in in class@
Thanks for being here, and for reading, and listening, and tuning in…
Let the words move you and inspire you, take a deep breath, and let it flow…