Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Verse First ~ Passion

Welcome to Verse First, where simple notions prompt amazing poems.

Today's notion?


Long ago, passion was used almost exclusively to imply suffering. This usage continues today as observant Christians are keenly aware of The Passion, or suffering, of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death. Over time, however, usage of the word changed. It now has multiple meanings and applications.

Passion can be an intense, driving feeling or conviction. Artists often speak of a passion for their work; and social activists use the same term to describe their involvements. The word is also used to describe the object of these deeply felt emotions.

Passion can be an outbreak of anger or an ardent affection. To some, passion means lust; to others, love.

Philosophers and writers have addressed the topic of passion for centuries:

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) said, "Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless."

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) ~ "With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion."

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) ~"I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived." 

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) ~"It is obvious that we can no more explain a passion to a person who has never experienced it than we can explain light to the blind."

What is your passion?
What does the word mean to you?

If you're not yet inspired, here is an image from a garden I left, but still love:

Now, poet-friends, I invite you to write with passion, about passion. And then share it with the world. Post your work on your website, then use Mr. Linky to share it with us. Feel free to leave a comment below, and please support your fellow poets by visiting and commenting. 

Can't wait to read some amazing poems! ~ Kim

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  1. Terrific, Kim. As it happens, I have something I feel passionately about, happening right now in Canada, so it is a great confluence of prompt plus happening:)

  2. Hi,Joann here.

    I do agree with you.
    Writing with colors is just like painting with passion.
    Passion is a significant word in our life.
    As for me,doing something with passion is the best choice.

    I enjoy this post.

  3. i couldn't find the link to post the i am posting it here...well..passion..can mean so much to so many individuls..the poem, is what it meant to me yesterday...will wait for feedback

    1. Mr. Linky wasn't working for a time. I linked it for you now.

  4. This is great... thanks, Kim. I love the flower. Happy Easter!

  5. Great prompt Kim! I love your gorgeous bloom~
    We both are poets with green thumbs ;D

    I can't wait to try this one!
    Thank you

    Hope you have a wonderful Easter....

  6. Thanks for your help, Mary! Getting a late start here, but will get on the stick, post and visit all of you soon!

  7. I went on a green path! :D
    I so enjoyed this challenge Kim~
    Thank you!

  8. Limerick Passion
    By Madeleine Begun Kane

    About lim’ricks, I truly have passion,
    And I guess that is love, in a fashion.
    Cuz to me, rhyme’s like breathing—
    Without it, I’m seething.
    Have compassion — don’t ask me to ration.

    Madeleine Begun Kane

    1. Clever, Madeleine. Love the last line.

    2. And you are better at the limerick than anyone I know. They always convey clear meaning and message, which is not easy with such concision and restraint!

    3. Very clever, Mad!

  9. Hi there! I have been exploring the topic of automatic writing and drawing in a couple blogs so I thought it would be fun to do a trance writing experiment on the proposed subject of passion.....
    The result is a bit more loose and untamed then most of my writing but I think that helps to express passion in a way so I did not edit it for clarity.
    I hope you enjoy it
    can't wait to read some awesome poems from the group!


  10. Just a little thought today as my sap rises and spring fever begins. I think this comes with the Passion of Christ, or the Passion of Christ comes with Spring's awakening.

  11. every year I've blogged something about the passion and this year I had no words..... until tonight. thanks for prompting my heart to get words of poetry from my heart.

  12. Kim,

    At first I was erring on a path of non-happy passion; then I decided to take another view:)
    Thank you for this great prompt today, which I enjoyed.

    Best Wishes,

  13. Great prompt, that i played with a little, thank you for letting me share.

  14. wonderful prompt....enjoying!

  15. So many prompts, so many opportunities, so little time.
    Kim, I loved the photo and the prompt and pulled an appropriate half-started poem out of my files and started to get it ready.[I imagine others also keeps files of half-written poems (seeds), no?] I was having fun - but it was a bit complex and was taking a lot of work. Then Real Toad did a prompt which I was tickled by and was able to respond very quickly (though low quality, I'm sure), and so this had to wait. To wait for another prompt some day -- on passion. I was going to write "An Ode to Careless Passion" -- but careless passion distracted me. :-)

  16. Thank you for the lovely picture and prompt Kim ~ My post is written in a sonnet ~

    Happy Easter everyone ~

  17. Thanks for the prompt Kim
    You inspire weekly

  18. No other Passion seems to apply this week.
    Besides, I am immersed in Bach's St.Matthew's passion as well.
    Serene Easter to those that celebrate.

  19. Some very interesting takes on this prompt. MIne is relatively light-hearted by comparison ... or perhaps not.

    The story of Jesus is one of the most beautiful ever told, and I can relate to and enjoy the way it is presented by some - but as a Pagan, am shirking comment where (some of) the poems on this topic go beyond what I feel qualified to remark on.

  20. Your prompt led me to read Sherry Blue Sky's piece and I was inspired by it. Great prompt, Kim.

  21. Kim!

    I wonder at your ability to churn out such wonderful verses and more about propelling us to write on it! lovely!thanks a ton!!!:)


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  23. Kim, great prompt once again. India is in the midst of a hot summer and the trees are ablaze with the colors of the season. Sharing with you the glory of Amaltas, the Golden Flower Tree (laburnum tree)with great passion.

  24. My approach was the loss of passion.


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