Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Gravity


“Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.”
― Terry PratchettSmall Gods

"In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself.
I am governed by the pull of the sentence as
the pull of a fabric is governed by gravity."
Marianne Moore

But the strong base and building of my love
Is as the very centre of the earth,
Drawing all things to 't.
— William Shakespeare





Midweek Motif ~ Gravity

"Gravity is the force that attracts two bodies toward each other, the force that causes apples to fall toward the ground and the planets to orbit the sun. The more massive an object is, the stronger its gravitational pull."


Falling apple
source
(Today is Apple Day in Great Britain.)


Gravity is also seriousness, solemnity and dignity.


Your Challenge:  
Write a new poem 
with lots of gravity in it.

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Height Is the Distance Down

BY MARY BARNARD
What’s geography? What difference what mountain   
it is? In the intimacy of this altitude   
its discolored snowfields overhang half the world.

On a knife rim edge-up into whirlpools of sky,   
feet are no anchor. Gravity sucks at the mind   
spinning the blood-weighted body head downward.

The mountain that had become a known profile   
on the day’s horizon is a gesture of earth   
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(Read the rest HERE at the Poetry Foundation.)


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Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.


(Next week Susan's Midweek Motif will be ~ Animation)

41 comments:

  1. Good morning! What a challenging topic, Susan. I had a bit of fun with this one...and wrote some gravity levity! Have a poetic week, everyone.

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    1. Good morning, Mary! I'm ready for some levity, too. Sometimes there's no better way to see a force than by working against it.

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    2. LOVE the echo verse Mary :D you did a wonderful job!

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    3. I'm sorry. I know I missed fire and gravity so I just posted another link to the poem in which I mixed earth and fire. I called it LAVA. Please read,thanks

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  2. Thank you for the prompt - not sure we are gravity in its strictest sense but the weight of the world certainly holds us down!

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    1. Good morning, Jae Rose! Without the weight of the world, there might be no gravity at all. I'm on my way over to your place!

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  3. Hi Everyone! I am participating today. sorry for the absences! I just got stuck with Writer's Block...hehe, hope you enjoy my smile for today! thanks!, jt

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    1. Good to see you, James. I am happy you took up the challenge on such a grave day.

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    2. thank you for the wonderful feedback on this poem of mine. I'm just amazed that you saw so much in it. God bless you Susan. :)

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  4. Hahaha! What a fine set of poems! I'm smiling and warmed by all the love in your poems. Delightful! A great start to a day full of gravity.

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  5. Hey everyone,

    Wooo hoooo its time for Midweek Motif :D I thought about experimenting with this prompt and chose to use the form "Shape poetry." Sharing my poem "Gravitational force" hope you all like it :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. I love the enthusiasm you bring. And this shaping you mention is wonderful.

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  6. Thanks, Susan!
    Hmmm, mine is super heavy - be warned!

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    1. Weighty, indeed! Good to see you, Nicholas.

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    2. Very weighty, but good. I think they are all very 'heavy' today!

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  7. Hi there. Thanks to those who have commented already on my light-hearted piece. I was out all day, using my tablet to compose and post between appointments, so have only just added a photo to go with the poem.

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    1. Well you know I have to go back to see the photo. Love your poem!

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  8. Good Morning,
    I just posted my contribution to my blog. It is a poem called return.
    Thanks!
    Rob

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    1. Welcome, Rob. Glad you can join us this morning. I'm looking forward to your comments on my blog and on others.

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    2. Thanks. I'll plan to read more, but it will probably be later today.

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  9. I also just realized another connection...but not directly related to poetry. Today is a 'very important' day in American pop culture. I'll leave this quote and link here:
    Dr. Emmett Brown: There's that word again. "Heavy." Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth's gravitational pull?
    http://youtu.be/JwL0HZSc2Sc

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  10. Good morning, kids! What a glorious poem is Juggler. Wow. I love it. I have often felt like that juggler, but without the manual dexterity, LOL. I just tapped out the words that came this morning. Looking forward to making the rounds.

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    1. Tapping or Channeling? It's always great to see you, Sherry!

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  11. My dreams defy gravity. Anyone else?

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    1. Absolutely! Good to see you, Claire.

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    2. I love flying in my dreams. Sometimes its just that I can jump really far.

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    3. and thanks for fixing my link, Susan ~ that's the second time I've done that. D'oh!

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  12. Hi everyone! This is a bit rough for me--but I wrote it quickly--looking forward to reading everyone's work

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    1. Good to see you in the "gravity of the moment." Those quick writes can be surprise gems.

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  13. Susan and hannah. Thank you. I've realised my mistake. A mistake is all it was Susan. I've posted the link to the new poem. I know I misses fire and gravity so to make up for it,i posted a poem that combines the two themes as well as darkness. Thank you for the advice.

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    1. Oh. I'm so happy you want to stay and play! I enjoyed your comment on my poem. I'll be back around soon.

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  14. Well, mine is finally up. Have had no internet access all afternoon. Too many storms. Glad to be here now. Thank you Susan for such a good prompt. Will be reading as I can and enjoying.

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    1. Glad you have your internet back and could get on board, Myrna. Thank you for your kind words.

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  15. Good Evening, I am looking forward to a night of poetry. I hope everyone had a lovely day!

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    1. Swinging back around as I just want to add there are so many wonderful poems tonight.

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    2. I'll be right over. I agree that this day's poems are fun and especially good!

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  16. Oh, this prompt has so many possibilities! Thanks

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