Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Of Poems



    “Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
I'll draw a sketch of thee,
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?” —  Spike Milligan, A Silly Poem



SOURCE


“it
takes
a lot of
desperation
dissatisfaction
and
di sillusion
to
write
a
few
good
p oems.
it's not
for
everybody
either to

write
it
or even to
read
it” — Charles Bukowski, Poetry






      Midweek Motif ~ Of Poems



Okay, poem a poem about poem this week J
           
For your inspiration here are a handful of poems J



Introduction To Poetry
by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means. 


Poetry
by Pablo Neruda

And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth

had no way
with names,

my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,

and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating plantations,
shadow perforated,
riddled

with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the 
stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind


A Quiet Poem
by Frank O’Hara

When music is far enough away
the eyelid does not often move

and objects are still as lavender
without breath or distant rejoinder.

The cloud is then so subtly dragged
away by the silver flying machine

that the thought of it alone echoes
unbelievably; the sound of the motor falls

like a coin toward the ocean's floor
and the eye does not flicker

as it does when in the loud sun a coin
rises and nicks the near air. Now,

slowly, the heart breathes to music
while the coins lie in wet yellow sand. 


Willow Poem
by William Carlos Williams

It is a willow when summer is over,
a willow by the river
from which no leaf has fallen nor
bitten by the sun
turned orange or crimson.
The leaves cling and grow paler,
swing and grow paler
over the swirling waters of the river
as if loath to let go,
they are so cool, so drunk with
the swirl of the wind and of the river --
oblivious to winter,
the last to let go and fall
into the water and on the ground. 

Million Man March Poem
by Maya Angelou

The night has been long,
The wound has been deep,
The pit has been dark,
And the walls have been steep.

Under a dead blue sky on a distant beach,
I was dragged by my braids just beyond your reach.
Your hands were tied, your mouth was bound,
You couldn't even call out my name.
You were helpless and so was I,
But unfortunately throughout history
You've worn a badge of shame.

I say, the night has been long,
The wound has been deep,
The pit has been dark
And the walls have been steep.

But today, voices of old spirit sound
Speak to us in words profound,
Across the years, across the centuries,
Across the oceans, and across the seas.
They say, draw near to one another,
Save your race.
You have been paid for in a distant place,
The old ones remind us that slavery's chains
Have paid for our freedom again and again.

The night has been long,
The pit has been deep,
The night has been dark,
And the walls have been steep.

The hells we have lived through and live through still,
Have sharpened our senses and toughened our will.
The night has been long.
This morning I look through your anguish
Right down to your soul.
I know that with each other we can make ourselves whole.
I look through the posture and past your disguise,
And see your love for family in your big brown eyes.

I say, clap hands and let's come together in this meeting ground,
I say, clap hands and let's deal with each other with love,
I say, clap hands and let us get from the low road of indifference,
Clap hands, let us come together and reveal our hearts,
Let us come together and revise our spirits,
Let us come together and cleanse our souls,
Clap hands, let's leave the preening
And stop impostering our own history.
Clap hands, call the spirits back from the ledge,
Clap hands, let us invite joy into our conversation,
Courtesy into our bedrooms,
Gentleness into our kitchen,
Care into our nursery.

The ancestors remind us, despite the history of pain
We are a going-on people who will rise again.

And still we rise. 


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 ~ National flag(s))
          


11 comments:

  1. I love that Billy Collins poem!

    "But all they want to do
    is tie the poem to a chair with rope
    and torture a confession out of it."

    Can't do it, man. Gotta just let it be.

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  2. Happy Midweek everyone

    much love...

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  3. What a great collection of poems. Thanks Sumana.

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  4. I keep reading these prompt poems over again. A marvelous collection for a great prompt!

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  5. Do apology, as I am having trouble with my smartphone, in viewing blogspot accounts, just am using the library computers do so. Sigh. Really do need a new phone, but can't afford it.

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    1. Have fixed the error that prevent anyone from reading my poems for this week prompt.

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  6. Afternoon, Poets1 Thanks, Sumana, for the inspiring post! A former team-teacher of mine and I opened our poetry unit (in 10th grade English) with that Billy Collins poem. I heard him recite it live at the Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ in October, 2016! Marvelous, I tell you, just marvelous! :)

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  7. Great prompt! Just linked up so ready to start reading. The smoke from the fires here in CA has finally reached my area so I can't ride my bike right now. Not happy about it, but lucky I'm not in the fire areas!
    Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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  8. Thanks for hosting Sumana - :)

    I've been lazily drifting in and reading and enjoying the mid-week poems ... and have something hot under the pen, but I'm slow to work (bad headache etc. but hopefully I'll get it up on my space a bit later, and in here, too - late late late in this day) ... oh well, poems need their own way and time ...

    happy mid-week everyone :)

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