Monday, April 05, 2010

NaPoWriMo #5


Make your poetry personal. I mean, it already is, right? It’s thoughts, observations, deep, dark, personal feelings and stories dressed up in pretty words and oblique descriptions. You get it, and some others get it.

Still others see it as something else entirely, which is great, honestly. We have our own set of filters our lives go through, and this influences how we interpret things. It is part of what makes reading poetry fun and interesting for me.

Today, let’s make poetry really personal. Give poetry, as you write it, a name. Possibly a gender. And a personality. A poet I know has written (and continues to write) a series of poems based on this principle, and I shamelessly ripped it off (with permission, of course) and made a poem I called “Sasha.” Sasha is many things, all at the same time, yet all are Sasha/poetry to me.

So it’s your turn. Give poetry — how you view poetry, what poetry means to you, your poetry — a name. Now write a poem suits your view or vision.


The thrill of wordsounds
playfully sliding down and swirling
like the cream in my morning coffee–sometimes
it clumps on the surface
of the warm elixir–enticing me to stir and sip
and emerge. Yet, they mostly tease at the tip
of mindtongue and keep me awake at night
drip, drip, drip.

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