Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Prescience / Foresight

prescience\ PREE-shuns; PREE-shee-uns; PRESH-uns;
PRESH-ee-uns; PREE-see-uns; PRES-ee-uns \ , noun; 

1. Knowledge of events before they take place; foresight. 
-- prescient adjective

Word of the Day - from Matt Lassen Cartoons

Wednesday, March 23, 2011--Used by permission of Matt Lassen 




Midweek Motif ~ Prescience / Foresight

“Beware the ides of March.”          

Unlike Sherlock Holmes' mysteries which untangle the past, prescience untangles the future.  Is prescience supernatural, coincidence, scientific, fiction?   All of the above?  I do not think I would want to know my future, but I have both consulted horoscopes and read Tarot in the past.  However this motif informs your poem, I want details!  

Today I am inspired by these three:


"Every invention began as an imagination.” 
                                                                          ― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha 



From Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.

Prescience
By Margaret Widdemer

I WENT to sleep smiling,
  I wakened despairing—
Where was my soul,
  On what terror-path faring?
What thing shall befall me       
  By midnight or noon?—
What does my soul know
  That I shall know soon?






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25 comments:

  1. my vibrant imagination gets me into plenty of trouble. Looking too far ahead would bring gobbs more...
    Happy Wednesday to all of you!

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    1. You speak my mind! Happy Wednesday to you, too. And thank you for caring about the children.

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  2. Every time I complete a poem I seem to run out of stock...and then these wonderful prompts happen...Thank you Susan for the inspiration.. :) Happy Wednesday to you all..

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    1. I'm glad you came by to be inspired here today.

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    1. HaHa ... pretty much the opposite of prescience ... but I could've predicted the fine poem that happened.

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  4. Hi kids....the prompt happened along, right after a convenient dream. Yay! Love it when that happens.

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    1. Me too. Though it may not be coincidence ...

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  5. I got inspired by 'prologue' from 'Romeo and Juliet' ... big theme...tried to stay just with one idea... thanks, Susan for challenging us.

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    1. Good to see you, Humbird. What we can know from birth is a huge theme.

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  6. The future is ahead of me, but unfortunately I think I know where it will go and I'm not a seer. Thanks for the challenge.

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    1. If you are not a seer, you may be mistaken. Your poem is exquisite. May it travel far and wide.

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  7. I have a haiga written which may suit this prompt! I have linked it too. Let me know Susan. If it does not fit in with the prompt, I will have no issues de-linking:)

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  8. Thank you Susan! for stopping by! It goes on and on! yes!! the foresight / prescience....and how accurate could it be? could it be so accurate that I would define my beginning and end? perhaps, a bit far fetched. thank you Susan! i ll see if i can re-visit the prompt sometime today!

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    1. I enjoyed your haiga immensely and think that our responses show that the poem expresses a major obstacle to prescience. Leave it, even if you keep the prompt in your dream book.

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  9. Thank you, Susan for the interesting prompt. It made me think about death and the transience of life. Oh, I must add, that the images scared the hell outta me! Haha...
    Coming back to PU is always so wonderful...:)

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    1. Poems are amazing when they "knock our socks" off and then put them on differently! Thank you for participating.

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  10. Intriguing prompt, Susan.

    Mine is up at: http://purplepeninportland.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/while-sleeping/ ‎

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  11. i'm a professional psychic medium — so I'm linking to a poem from 2009 which describes one such interaction (at a Sunday market where I had a stall).

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  12. hi sussan, i wrote a poem and fits so well with your prompt, thanks :)

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    1. It fits, Surabhi. Please put a link on your page that would take someone here. Thank you for joining in.

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  13. That's all, Poets! Bring the rest of your poems--these, too, if you would like--to the Poets United Poetry Pantry tomorrow. Post one original poem there that you truly love.

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