Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Melody

". . . and let your very existence be your song, your poem, your story. 
Let your very identity be your book.  Let the way people say 
your name sound like the sweetest melody.” 

Every moment in the river has its song.” 

“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, 
swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. 
But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, 
their songs never cease. ” 
― John Muir


                Just a Simple Melody



Midweek Motif ~ Melody


If you want to compose a poem about melody itself or a specific melody, go ahead.  

Or think about melodies that move with you like ear-worms and cannot be shaken.   Would your friends know your melody?  Do you know theirs? Do you have a song?  Does the world?  What melody do you sing most? What melody sings you?  

YOUR CHALLENGE:  Reach in this bag of choices and pull out one for your poem.   One rule:  Try not to use the word melody in getting the melody across.  




(Optional: Here's a video explaining Melody in music.)

(How Music Works 1 - Melody - Part 1)





For those who are new here:  


  1. Post your MELODY poem on your site, and then link it here.
  2. If you use a picture include its link.  
  3. Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
  4. Leave a comment here.
  5. Honor Poets United by visiting and commenting on our poems.


  • (Next week's midweek Motif will be Hildegard von Bingen.)
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  • 27 comments:

    1. Good morning, Poets United! Many melodies are going through my head right now that I want to squash into just.one.poem. Ha! Mash ups always make me think of potatoes and harvests. Have a fruitful day. See you hre sometime soon.

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      1. HERE, see you here. I just posted my sing along. Drinking tea this morning. This morning's earworm is "Something's Coming" from West Side Story. I'm listening to Pete Seeger to dislodge it,but it may take a poem:
        "Could be!
        Who knows?
        There's something due any day;
        I will know right away,
        Soon as it shows...."

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    2. Thanks for the music Susan..a little bony percussion over at J's!

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      1. Youare very welcome. Thanks for playing it, Jae Rose.

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    3. Too many themes come in one...run...will be back to read/comment more... :)xx

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      1. I am heading overr to you place now ...

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      2. Thanks Susan for music videos and the motif x

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    4. Good prompt as always Susan. I have a busy day today. Be back later to read and comment on the responses.

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      1. Hey Myrna! Congrats on being PU's featured blog of the week!

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    5. Hi kids, Cranked something out, sing-songy is the best I can say about it. Diving in to yours now.

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      1. Sing Songy works for melody. I'm glad you are here.

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    6. i love this topic.. it brings up so much to write on ... thank you Susan!

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    7. This wonderful prompt takes me back to the world of overtures waltzes folk tunes and so many songs that fill up life moments and make them unforgettable . I am asking again 'O may I go a wandering along the mountain track' Thank you Susan you bring peace for the spirit and the writers soul...

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      1. my entry didn't take on #11 but did as #12

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      2. Fixed. I think the melody could be within and within within as well as a surround.

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    9. sorry for the lateness, I just posted my haiku for the motif of Melody!!! sorry again because I'm in the midst of a lot of commitments, lol!!! Hi everyone!!!!

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    10. thanks susan for this prompt..enjoyed it..smiles..

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      1. Thank you for joining in. I fixed your link to take us to the specific poem rather than the blog. I was happy to read the waves poem, and even happier to find "the fine tuning" which speaks to me in every way!

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    11. Funny this poem is not the one that was rattling about my brain when I saw the prompt. Sorry my computer is very ill and the working one was stolen so we limp along!

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      1. Sorry for your loss. This poem is our gain, though! I'd like to hear the other song too , if it ever re-emerges.

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    12. Love the prompt!
      Mine is up at: http://purplepeninportland.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/flashbacks/

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    13. I'm done for the week! Please bring your work to our pantry tomorrow too. And I'm looking forward to seeing you next Wednesday for motifs from or inspired by Hildegard von Bingen music.

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