Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Verse First ~ "He Said. She Said."

Verse First ~ "He Said. She Said."


Welcome to VERSE FIRST, where simple notions prompt amazing poems.
Today's notion?

"HE SAID. SHE SAID"



Poet and short story writer Grace Paley said, "It is the responsibility of writers to listen to gossip and pass it on. It is the way all storytellers learn about life."

Natalie Goldberg expounded on this idea by saying, "We should learn to talk, not with judgment, greed or envy, but with compassion, wonder and amazement."

Today you have some options. Write about gossip. Write about what happens when wagging tongues do harm. Or not. Write a poem of conversation. Or write about the growth potential when interactions are based on compassion, wonder and amazement. You choose.

After posting your poem on your site, link here. Please post only original work that speaks to the prompt; and then honor the Poets United spirit of community by visiting and commenting on others' contributions.


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19 comments:

  1. I used the technique of writing a 'backward poem' and wrote a poem on how we use our words! I will look forward to seeing what others write!

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  2. Hello Poets, I thought of writing a funny poem--and I may yet--but this first one out is a bit ranty.

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  3. Pt, I dont know how to leave a comment on your site. But I really like its message. Words can do so much damage. I still remember things from decades ago, that come to me in random moments.

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    1. I was able to leave a comment for PT using Safari. I doubt he ever checks here...just links.

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  4. I realized that I ended up writing a poem in the shape of a tree. Or mushroom. Anyway can't wait to see what other people wrote!

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  5. ha. fun topic kim...will see what i can come up with for you....may just put it in the comment box....let me see...

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  6. Kim,

    Loved this as I had a subject in mind...It was easy to portray him here!!

    Eileen

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    1. Eileen,
      For the first time, I am unable to sign in and comment on your blog. Let me know via email if something has changed. kim@kimnelsonwrites.com

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  7. Am I allowed to share material I wrote from earlier in the year? Will visit everyone over the course of the week either way :)

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  8. If I am allowed to, then I am sharing a piece I wrote in April of this year, about the sea calling to me.... otherwise my apologies Kim, I will write a new poem to share. :)

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  9. Hi kids, am turning in now, but will check back in the morning. Maybe inspiration will dawn with the morrow:)

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  10. I have put in a backward poem, it sort of works. the idea is that whispers and gossip are there to hinder you on your journey, Thank you for this prompt.

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  11. So many ways to have written from this prompt. I looked at it from a child's pov

    Thanks Kim

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  12. Sorry for being late- technical obstacles...Thank you, Kim!

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  13. I bought a book about types of poetry you could write from A-Z ...I only got to A for Abecedarius. Thank you!

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  14. I combined the Backward prompt too.

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  15. Your challenges really help me polish the language center of my brain :)
    Thank you, I really enjoy writing about the various themes you propose!

    (Sorry if I sound childish XD)

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    1. You don't sound childish at all! You sound inspired, and that is exactly what I hope for. Thanks for joining in.

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