Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Survival



“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. 
All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, 
to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” 
― James Baldwin


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“. . . and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive” 
― Audre Lorde
The Black Unicorn: Poems





Midweek Motif ~ Survival


Breaking the cycle of violence 
against women and girls.  Stopping violence altogether.

Today, I am thinking of the ones who 
don't survive.  Of the ones who do.
 Of surviving  huge violence and 
violence others might perceive 
as small.   I want to write,  but how 
to take one event and emotion
 from among so many that 
stuff up our mouths?  



Your challenge: Speak about survival so that others may listen.  Write a new poem because that is what we do. 






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Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others 

in the spirit of the community.

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(Next week, Susan's Midweek Motif will be Energy, as in Vitality)

34 comments:

  1. Thank you for the prompt - and for creating a safe place to speak - that truly is a key factor in any kind of survival,..thank you

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    1. Amen. Thank you, Jae Rose. I slept late but I'll be over your way ASAP. First I neeeeeed coffee!

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    2. Coffee also an essential survival tool!

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  2. Hey everyone,

    Its time for Midweek Motif once again... how time flies from one brilliant prompt to the next! Sharing a Glosa on the topic today.. hope you guys like it :D


    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. Time flies, brilliant or not! Thanks for your bright presence. I've almost got my coffee. Be right over.

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  3. Two from me. Forgot it was White Ribbon Day...so felt obligated to write one as well for this...misogyny being so rampant globally and a subject I can relate to very well.
    Another great prompt. Thanks Susan !

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    1. I know what you mean about obligation and misogyny, too. I'm getting some fuel and then I'll be there.

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    2. POETS UNITED: Usually we only post one poem each, but TODAY, if there is one more poem you have in you about women's survival, please write it and post it. Thank you.

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    3. A topic I could write a dissertation about - and call it my memoir, LOL.

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  4. Good morning, friends! A very timely prompt, Susan. Thank you. I will be around...

    And Happy Thanksgiving to American poets who are celebrating the holiday Thursday!

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    1. I'm happy to see you, Mary! Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

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    2. Happy Thanksgiving Mary :D good to see you :D

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    3. I hope everyone is having a wonderful thanksgiving. Ours was back in October which felt far too early to me.

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  5. Survival! I love the variety of poems today as we tell our truths about survival. Today, I want to invite united poets to submit a second poem if you have another in you that speaks to women's survival from violence.

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  6. Hello everyone!
    A great prompt for today. Eager to read the poems on survival :)

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  7. "to vomit the anguish up" - that resonates, and is sort of what I did, but I tried to add a side dish of hope. Smiles.

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    1. You always give us hope! Getting to the core sounds less persuasive than "vomit" but I think it is the same thing. Ha!

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  8. Hello! A timely prompt. I wrote a haibun about a friend from my childhood. We need to be reminded as well that violence against women isn't always obvious - it is hidden and swept over. And many times, it is monsters among us disguised as "good" men. happy Thanksgiving to my American Friends who celebrate Thanksgiving. I hope the day is full of gratitude and joy.

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    1. You set the scene well to make that point. Thank you, Toni.

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  9. Hello,

    Survival our basic instincts to live even in chaos.

    I will be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, to those celebrating may it be a time of reflection and peace.

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    1. Have a fine Thanksgiving, True. May love surround you.

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  10. Excellent prompt Susan. Im sorry I was late posting was designing a bathroom with my contractor.

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    1. A lovely poem about a delicate and serious issue Leslie :)

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    2. Happy Thanksgiving to all - no matter the country we need to be thankful each day for life and friends.

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  11. Thank you for the prompt, I am a little late today... Life gets in the way of things.

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    1. You are welcome. Never too late! Without life, what would we write about?

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  12. I'm going to bed early (for me) tonight, Poets! Keep on posting! I'll catch up with you in the morning.

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  13. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate. I'll be going 5 hours North to enjoy family tomorrow. It's never been a celebration of history for my family, but a time of harvest and abundance and reunion.

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  14. Thank you for a provocative challenge. I love the way you said that there were so many emotions stuffed in our mouths and they all came out as I was writing!

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    1. You are very welcome. Thanks for sharing the stuffing!

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  15. A great prompt, well-timed. Writing here for the first time. Hello to all...!

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