Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Waves

                                 Midweek Motif ~ Waves


Hello poets! This is Sumana from India. Here I am for the first time as a prompter at our wonderful Poets United Midweek Motif. Smiles. Hope you are all hale and hearty. My head is still spinning from the trauma we had faced a few weeks ago.

The recent earthquake in Nepal sent shock waves throughout the world. This phenomenon is not leaving me at all. Whatever I do wherever I go, like a circular wave my mind keeps coming back to the mighty Waves.

So I also want you to think of Waves today.

Give a voice to waves in any form whether it's sea wave, heat wave, sound wave, radio wave, gravity wave, light wave, stadium wave or even microwave. It would be also delightful to include thought wave in the list.

A few quotes and a couple of poems for the start. You may even use a line or two as a springboard for your poetry. Write in free verse or form, your choice.




"Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end"
                                                            ...Shakespeare

"When a wave of love takes over a human being...such an exaltation takes him that he knows that he has put his finger on the pulse of the great secret and the great answer"

                                                           ...Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."
         ...Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


By that Long Scan of Waves

by Walt Whitman

By that long scan of waves, myself call'd back, resume upon myself
In every crest some undulating light or shade---some retrospect,
Joys, travels, studies, silent panoramas---scenes ephemeral,
The long past wars, the battles, hospital sights, the wounded and the dead,
Myself through every by-gone phase---my idle youth---old age at hand,
My three-score years of life summ'd up, and more, and past,
By any grand ideal tried, intentionless, the whole a nothing,
And haply yet some drop within God' scheme's ensemble---some wave, or part of wave,
Like one of yours, ye multitudinous ocean.


Once by the Pacific

by Robert Frost

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last Putout the Light was spoken.



Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.
                                      Our next week's motif is Happines by Susan Chast

44 comments:

  1. What a fitting prompt, Sumana...especially in the light of yet another strong earthquake in Nepal over the weekend. I took the prompt in a kind of unusual direction, having a bit of 'fun' with the concept.

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    1. Thank you Mary for the beautiful Wave poem. Yesterday's earthquake again sent everyone outdoors in panic in my part of the world....it's quite scary when the room becomes a swing..ugh :(

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  2. Welcome and thank you Sumana..a heart felt wave from the UK!

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  3. Hey, Sumana! This prompt is a great inspiration.

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    1. Thank you for your inspiring poem too Susan :)

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  4. Sumana,

    Absolutely lovely to participate in this week's prompt. So much scope for poetic imaginations!
    I hope you are safe considering of the ongoing worries with the earthquakes and after shocks.
    It is wonderful to have your involvement within the Poets United family.
    I am off to Spain for a short holiday; my poetic contribution reflects my destination, I hope.
    Best wishes, Eileen

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    1. Thanks Eileen...have a nice trip & enjoy!!

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  5. Hello everyone :D
    Just came home from work! Sharing my poem "Sound of Waves" :D
    Hope you all like it :D

    Lots of love
    Sanaa

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  6. I will try and I love the image of Georgia's painting.

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    1. Thanks for the gift of the beautiful poem Annell...

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  7. The poems you have chosen and the excerpts you have chosen are truly inspirational.
    Great prompt.

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    1. And a sweet poem from you..Thank you Rallentanda :)

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  8. Great prompt, Sumana!! Reminds me of Tagore's devotional song "Bipulo tarango re" ..Smiles.

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    1. the first line of "Bipulo tarango re" is also appropriate for these days :)...thanks for the dreamy poem Panchali di...

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  9. Thank you for the prompt, Sumana. I hope that you are safe in India after the latest quake in Nepal. Unfortunately many people in Nepal have been lost...
    The sea (perhaps the most obvious place) is where your prompt took me.

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    1. Yes we are okay but hope all this shaking stops forever...enjoyed your lines Nick :)

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    1. Thanks Sherry, specially for the heartfelt poem...

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  11. Sumana we have anticipated your joining PU with joy.
    I have lived through earthquakes and know the unease they cause - so many prayers we have spoken for the people in the region under barrage. Be safe!!!

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    1. Thanks Leslie...we are safe though many are not...

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  12. Wonderful prompt, even though the art - white rose... :)x ~ Inspired and grateful, Sumana!

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    1. Thank you humbird...loved you layered poem :)

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  13. Lovely prompt, Sumana - afraid I've managed to write an unlovely poem though :-/

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    1. and a lovely poem tinged with humor :)

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  14. A wonderful prompt, Sumana! I can't participate this time, but hopefully will be able to next time. I heard there was another major quake in Nepal. Such a tragic situation! Stay safe.

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    1. Thanks dani, we'll wait for those beautiful lines :)

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  15. Nice to see you here Sumana. You picked a great first prompt. I've been away and am now catching up. Glad I didn't miss this one.

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    1. Thanks Myrna...and specially for the lovely poem...

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  16. Weeee! What a great beginning day for this prompt. I'm enjoying the reading immensely, everyone! Thank you, Sumana. Oh--I put the prompt up on our facebook page.

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    1. Thanks a ton Susan! seen it there! My net isn't cooperating with me...ugh...a bit late for responding...

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  17. A prompt rich with possibilities — but my waves are the oceanic kind, in a poem I've probably been needing to write all my life. Thank you, Sumana.

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    1. A lovely poem Rosemary..hope we all can conquer these waves someday, if not now, we'll wait for another birth :)

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  18. I really wanted to support your first prompt Sumana, but my brain just kind of froze up. However, I have finally written something!

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  19. Oh Thank you so much Peggy...love your unique wave...

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  20. Wonderful prompt...for the first time, tried the form Etheree.

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    1. Enjoyed your lines Susmit, thanks for participating :)

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  21. Hi Sumana! Thanks for the prompt on waves - I've slightly veered away because it's my painting that really has to do with the sea - and with the waves of my brain fog! But I wanted to participate anyway so hope it's ok!

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    1. It's a beautiful poem Shaista and loved your interpretation of the painting you used for the poem..a lovely wave poem it is and welcome to Poets United :)

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  22. Also Georgia O'Keefe is one of my favourite artists - because her style is so reminiscent of my mother's :)

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