Across the page my pen does fly
If, not, why
A pathway straight to and from my . . .
He, she, I
. . . Brain
I tell my story, tell again
First, next, then
Revise and edit with my pen
House, place, den
Written by Stella Hallberg, my granddaughter, who will soon be 11. She and I trade poetry prompts each month. She decided we would start the year with the same word, scheherazade. This is her poem….as she wrote it. No edits by me. It fits beautifully with Bjorn’s prompt for today at dVerse. He asks us to recognize the importance of silence in poetry. Silence can be illustrated with various punctuation, including the ellipsis . . . which Stella uses in her poem. Stella explained to me “The syllable pattern is something I might have made up. I did 8, 3, 8, 3, 1 twice, but at the end I added 5, 4. Do you like it?” Yes, Stella, I do! 🙂
She sifts words.
in and out
over and under.
Languorous sips of coffee
and dawning day
let loose her pen.
Mental acuity ages well
when given time to prance
upon the empty page.
Words tumble round my head
searching for mates to copulate,
birth meaning upon the page.
Sleep eludes me as words deluge me.
May I write, please?
Spackle paper in alphabet hue.
Night remnants. Darkened window pane.
My muse flickers like candles upon the sill,
fickle handmaid of creativity.
If light begets light
perhaps dawn will quicken her step,
drawn to these sputtering flames.
Words slowly seep from pen
cursive dips and curves.
I write tentatively,
then speed the pace
racing to beat the dawn.
And then, I rest.
Words falter, flicker,
like a moist match head
producing sulfuric stench
dropping its ash.
Ideas flit through synapses
dead end at fingertips.
Oh fleeting poetic muse,
thou has forsaken me.
Clouds filter lunar rays,
I am spent.
irridescent gems within my mind,
words shiver flutter, push for prominence.
Ideas flow through synapses
sometimes like scattered leaves
rearranged by sudden gusts.
Poetic musing wrestles reality.
Cacophonous silent noise
atonal at times,
until the coda appears.
Day after day, he stacked the mail
catalogues, ads, all on the steps
in rain and sleet, and snow and hail.
So I sat by the window, waiting one day
caught him as he was walking away,
and queried him nicely. Why?
Why don’t you use the LETTERS slot
that’s right on the door, quite plain to see.
He stared and looked blankly at me.
“Well ma’am, I see the sign on your door
capital block letters, all in blue,
and that little slot thing too.
But I have no idea what LETTERS means
and the slot’s too narrow to ever fit
all this important stuff you get.”
“Excuse me ma’am,”
the young man said with a grin,
“That’s an important text coming in.”
Mish is hosting Poetics at dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets. She asks us to write a poem about signs. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Stop by and join in the fun! Photo in public domain.
Eyes droop in early morn,
pen moves slowly as words dribble.
Muse remains softly ensconced,
asleep in warm bed across the hall.