Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Invention

Hedy Lamarr:  Movie star,  inventor  of  WiFi

“I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention . . . arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.” 
― Agatha ChristieAn Autobiography

The great creators — the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors — stood alone against the men of their time. Every great new thought was opposed. Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won.” 
― Ayn RandThe Fountainhead

“Mark the spirit of invention everywhere, thy rapid patents, Thy continual workshops, foundries, risen or rising, See, from their chimneys how the tall flame-fires stream.” 
― Walt Whitman

Why It Took So Long to Invent the Wheel  b

Midweek Motif ~ Invention

"An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process," says Wikipedia.   "Inventions often extend the boundaries of human knowledge, experience or capability."
What is your favorite invention of all time?
Have you ever invented anything?  
Have you ever wanted to?  

Your challange: In your NEW poem, write the story of an invention, real or imagined.

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Free on-line Invention Class

“Faith” is a fine invention
For Gentlemen who see!
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency!

The jay streaks through the lilacs
                        in color clash.
I note down: Invent
            outdoor birdswing
                                                            so birds drunk
on berries fall off in plaid
            in front of my window.
                                                                        I file it.  After all,
the pussy willow’s barely tufted—
                                                                        I have time.
            At the drain, lifting its feet,
                        a Modigliani bird—another invention?
The brook agrees
                        so brookishly, gulping at runoff
                                    like a bear in spring,
            like my husband. He didn’t trust my patents:
                        the squirrel-free gutter chain
                                    the collapsing arthritic’s cane
                        a lever for pulling old stumps
                                                in heavy rain.
But every act harbors a corresponding gadget.
                                    It is that way with God:
adjusting the acorn, locking the tree.
              With the womb, He was clearly Italianate,
the bulbous lines, the excess.
            I often think of Him
                        humming Beatles songs like me, over
                                    six Mason jars of pickling—
. . . . 
(Read the rest of this amazing poem HERE.)
Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community—

                (Next week Sumana’s Midweek Motif will be ~ Summer)


  1. Thanks for another great prompt

  2. Great prompt. But this one was a tough one for me but somehow I managed a few lines. Happy Wednesday everyone!

    1. Even your tough days unroll gems! Happy day.

  3. Good Wednesday and the rest of your week, dear Poets United! I'm so happy to be here on a restful day!

    I tried to turn my blog comments back on for today's poem but attempt after attempt failed! I turned them on in both the layout and in the settings. What am I forgetting? Suggestions are welcome!

    1. I love 'perpetually waging peace.' I am for it. A timely poem Susan.

    2. I turned on my comments! Now to et rid of the "no comment" note!

  4. Theresa Svoboa's poem is AMAZING! Wow. I am at the farm, settling a new puppy into the household. I am hampered with only my tablet to work with, and trying to housebreak the puppy. But will see what i can do.

    1. You have a very important task before you! I'm sure it will inspire.

    2. Yesterday i watched her amazement watching a bird flying overhead. It was wonderful!

  5. Good and challenging prompt. Not sure if I responded well, but I tried. Happy mid-week to everyone.

    1. Good, good! Your link is working now, I think, but let me know if you title the poem, because the link might change slightly as well.

  6. Am fact, very late. But, this is what I could write, Susan. It was a tough one... hope it makes sense.

  7. Appreciate the prompt. I used it to influence my poem for Day 17 of my NaPoWriMo extravaganza and have linked back to Poets United as a thank you on my blog.


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