Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Verse First ~ Reaction



Welcome to Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems.

Today's notion?


REACTION


Consider the term from a variety of scientific perspectives:


Botanists recognize the greening of plants and development of foliage as the photodynamic reaction in the first stage of photosynthesis. The plants are converting energy they glean from the sun.

A chemical reaction is a process that leads to the transformation of one set of chemical substances to another.

In medicine, an adverse drug reaction describes harm associated with the use of medications at a normal dosage during normal use.

Psychologists and philosophers consider emotion to be the generic term for subjective, conscious experience, characterized  by psychophysiological, biological and mental reactions to stimuli.

And of course, we recall Newton's third laws of motion, which states that every action is accompanied by an equal but opposite reaction.

If that's all too technical for you, or if you simply prefer a visual prompt, here's an unidentified image:



Photo by Kim Nelson


Now, go with your gut reaction and create a poem! 
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Looking forward to reading some amazing poems! ~ Kim



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32 comments:

  1. Hi thanks for the prompt - mine's not exactly scientific but a reaction to two different prompts :-)

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  2. ...thanks Kim for the prompt... i didn't go scientific with my attempt but rather contemplative in a conversational approach... smiles...

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    1. You are clever, Kelvin, as evidenced by this poem of unique voice and perspective.

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  3. Wonderful prompt... mine is a reaction I get when I look at my reflection.

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    1. Your contribution is, IMHO, some of your best writing, Laurie! Thank you for sharing it here.

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  4. Hi!

    This is my first post I hope I did it right....I am new to blogging! Mine is scientific in a metaphysics kind of way I suppose.....with a touch of botany and a bit of the art of placement with shrines and icons....

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  5. Oh dear! I seem to have posted my poem twice and do not know how to remove the second reposting. Super sorry!

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    1. No problem, Laura. I took care of it. SO glad you opted to share your post with us. I found it both educational and entertaining. Good to have you here.

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  6. Thank you for fixing the posts and also for reading the poem :-)
    I think I get the hang of it now!

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  7. Fun prompt. Mine may reflect a science, I am not sure. If so, it is purely accidental though I acknowledge impersonal chemical reaction!

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  8. I reacted immediately to the prompt. It's a bit intense, hopefully not too much so.

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    1. Your piece is incredible, Andrea. Powerful and moving.

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  9. a good prompt for poetry. As writers/poets I believe much of our work is written as a reaction.

    Thanks Kim

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  10. Today's prompt really got me thinking about old reactions which don't work for us. Looking forward to reading today's prompt inspired poems.

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    1. Yours is intense, deep, yet simple, complete, Lisa. Nicely done.

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  11. Kim,

    Thank you for this great prompt idea, which could have gone in many directions with me...I settled for a much calmer piece of new writing.

    Best Wishes,
    Eileen:)

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    1. Calm seems to have been the right direction today, Eileen. A great offering!

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  12. Great prompt, and I have enjoyed all of your poetic offerings, kids. I'll keep checking back!

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  13. Thank you for the prompt, i have loved writing for it and tried to blend a few thoughts into one. :)

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  14. My biggest 'reaction' today is YAY! It's the first day of Spring!! :)

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  15. Went literal and my first instincts were... prurient. So, I'm a visual beat sometimes. And most of the time, "My heart envisions what my eyes refuse to see."

    http://wojisme.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/tactile-meandering/

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  16. I am late with my post....I will be reading others poems tonight. Nice prompt, Kim.

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    1. YOU'RE late? Ha, look at the rest of us below! Will read you today, Mary. A.

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  17. I've been unable to write anything for two days but today was a big event so I've penned a poem in reaction. thanks for a prompt which encourages me to write

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  18. Loving the work I'm reading tonight. Keep 'em coming, poets!

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  19. The poem I posted does not contain the word 'reaction' ... however, it does have a dialog (and that's all about reacting).

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  20. The poem resonated with me. Thank you Kim for the prompt.

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  21. Hope to find a variety of reactions....

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  22. Kim, my most unscientific take...:)) Loved your prompt!

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  23. Kim, once I saw your image, it hit me and I knew exactly the subject. The poem poured out of me just as... well, you'll see what I mean when you read it. I credited your art, of course, and tracked back to your site.

    Thank you for helping me find words to what was once sadness and now "something that happened," thanks to therapy!! Love, Amy

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  24. Didn't know what I was going to do for this one — then caught myself in an emotional reaction this morning, and bingo!

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