Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Exploring

Congratulations on the new library, because it isn't just a library. 
It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, 
a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, 
a teacher that knows more than any human being, 
a friend that will amuse you and console you -- 
and most of all, a gateway, to a better and 
happier and more useful life.
― Isaac Asimov 


Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Exploring

Explorers, rare individuals and groups, step into the unknown.  Exploring led to Christopher Columbus's discovery of a "new" world that many Americans will celebrate this weekend.  

Explorers, all of us, step into what we don't know.  

Your Challenge: Write a poem of exploration.


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

But first whom shall we send
In search of this new world, whom shall we find
Sufficient? Who shall tempt, with wand'ring feet
The dark unbottomed infinite abyss
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aery flight
Upborne with indefatigable wings
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy isle?
                       ― John MiltonParadise Lost

I am no scientist. I explore the neighborhood. An infant who has just learned to hold up his head has a frank and forthright way of gazing about him in bewilderment. He hasn’t the faintest clue where he is, and he aims to find out. In a couple of years, what he will have learned instead is how to fake it: he’ll have the cocksure air of a squatter who has come to feel he owns the place. Some unwonted, taught pride diverts us from our original intent, which is to explore the neighborhood, view the landscape, to discover at least where it is that we have been so startlingly set down, if we can’t learn why.

For those who are new here:  
  1. Post your exploration poem on your site, and then link it here.
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  3. Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
  4. Leave a comment here.
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(Next week's Motif will be Trees.)

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  1. Thanks for letting us explore Susan...of course we didn't take the train or bus but I think we covered some miles ;)

    1. Let me congratulate you once more on a great interview with Sherry, posted here a few days ago. I'm heading over to your poem now.

    2. Thanks Susan it was a real boost

  2. Thanks Susan...tried to explore a bit :)

  3. Good morning, a little late, because I had physical therapy at 7:45. Exploring different ways of moving, health, fitness. Everything. I'm looking forward to great variety of poetry today and tomorrow!

  4. Good prompt, Susan. There are so many things in the world to explore. I enjoyed thinking about this prompt and seeing what would come to mind.

  5. I wrote this poem this morning and didnt know who I was writing it to. Then I read the story of Mama Jade. Am a mess.

  6. Sorry it took me so long to come up with my response to your motif. Hope you like it!

    1. Yes, very enjoyable! I hope you like mine.

  7. Thank You Susan for this wonderful prompt..enjoyed. Feels good to be back ,,missed this a lot...

    1. Good to see you, Arathi! I'm closing this prompt since it is Saturday morning. Maybe you can bring your poem to tomorrow's pantry as well so that more people will see it?


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