Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ January Seventh

"And when the Lamb had opened the seventh seal
there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour"

“Creation's probably overrated. 
After all, God made the world in only six days 
and rested on the seventh.” 
― Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast






 Midweek Motif ~ 
Seventh

Happy New Year!


Sevenths in music or math
     Seventh of January
          Seventh chord
               Seventh son
                    Seventh day
                         Seventh planet
                              Seventh heaven
                                   Seventh Seal
                    Any seventh at all


Your challenge for the 7th of January is to write a poem centered on Sevenths.



Oh Raphael. Guardian angel. In love and crime
all things move in sevens. seven compartments
in the heart. the seven elaborate temptations.
seven devils cast from Mary Magdalene whore
of Christ. the seven marvelous voyages of Sinbad.
sin/bad. And the number seven branded forever
on the forehead of Cain. The first inspired man.
The father of desire and murder. But his was not
the first ecstasy. Consider his mother.
. . . .  
(Read the rest HERE at the Poetry Foundation.  Be warned: obscenity.)


7th Game  :  1960 Series

BY PAUL BLACKBURN
—for Joel—
Nice day,
sweet October afternoon
Men walk the sun-shot avenues,
                                                     Second, Third, eyes
                                                     intent elsewhere
ears communing with transistors in shirt pockets
                                    Bars are full, quiet,
discussion during commercials
                                                      only
Pirates lead New York 4-1, top of the 6th, 2
Yankees on base,    1 man out
. . . . 
 (read the rest HERE at the Poetry Foundation.)




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29 comments:

  1. Hi Susan - thank you for the prompts...i don't know if I am being a technical klutz but couldn't get my link to work...happy new year to you...very good to be back at midweek motif - feel free to remove my redundant links! Jae

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    1. Fixed! You are the very first this year. Welcome!

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    2. Thank you Susan - obviously out of practice!

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  2. Good Morning, Poets United!
    This prompt will be active until Saturday morning, as usual.
    May this be the beginning of a very fine year.

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  3. An interesting prompt, Susan! It took me a while to come up with an idea, but once I did I just had a bit of fun! Happy New Year to everyone here at Midweek Motif.

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    1. I enjoyed reading, too. There is an equation there, 1 to 1.

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  4. Ha, I see I wrote about SEVENS rather than SEVENTHS. But I wrote it on January 7th. Smiles.

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    1. I think we're still in the 6th age, yes?

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  5. thank you for a wonderful prompt Susan..good beginning for the new year..

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  6. Happy New Year to everyone here!!
    Thanks Susan for the brilliant prompt.Wrote something that contains the crux of the practice of Hindu marriage....
    It's quite late now. Shall come back to read the other entries tomorrow....

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  7. Oh, I've just been reading Patti Smith! (Her books The Coral Sea and Just KIds.) I finished the latter yesterday, profoundly moved, then this morning I'm greeted by this! My own poems seemed so prosey and banal after reading her. I resolved not to write to prompts this year, but work on revising the poems I already have. However, I think I must try this one, in her honour! The Blackburn piece is very good too (and I don't even live in country that's mad for baseball). Happy New Year, everybody!

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    1. Your presence is enough, though I'd love a poem in which you cut loose! I read Just Kids, too, and was moved. You'll notice I exerpted the poem before it got too obscene!

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    2. Well, it's different ... (my offering, that is).

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    3. Thank you! It's primal and mythic.

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    1. Yes! Thanks to you, too. I love the retakes of great lit--Mary did one too--in Shakespeare.

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  9. I loved this prompt. 7 is such a spiritual number.

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  10. I stopped by to say "hi". For the life of me I tried to write a poem about 7. Glad to see others were successful.

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    1. Grasping for a poem
      sevens spin about my head
      stuck between innings

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    2. I'm glad you stopped by to say hi. The New Year would not begin well without you here. This fragment is vivid and true, too.

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    3. Moonie I think that comment is poetry itself ;)

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  11. Marco! Come back! I cannot find your link.

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  12. Ah! Satuday January 10th! I'm heading out for te day and won't be back until the Sunday pantry begins. If you have more on the motif of sevenths, bring them by the Pantry tomorrow. Thanks and Happy New Year.

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