Poetry Terms

Sometimes the perfect word
drops in like annunciation, powerful
unplanned: this is called Speaking in Tongues

Sometimes the words flow unhindered
meandering like a river and with a river’s music
until a dropped pebble shows no ripple
recognizable: this is called Dream-write
(also called a Draft)

Usually the words are dug dry like rocks
from the ground, shallow or deep
the best ones mostly buried and bigger
than you think; they are absently dusted
and put in the bag, or rejected and tossed
or maybe turned over and over, scrutinized
for the one hidden vein of beauty:
and this is called A Good Day’s Work

 

Off-prompt, NaPoWriMo Day 10, for Jenifer.

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18 thoughts on “Poetry Terms

      1. yep, I’m a man, I’ll take any sympathy coming my way while acting nonchalent; as to its ‘terms’ I am reminded of the image of Bowie in the ‘Lazarus’ video writing off the edge of the page and down the side of the writing desk

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  1. Love this! The connection between poetry and nature is something particularly close to my heart (as you know 🙂 ) and that rock analogy is so wonderful: “dug dry like rocks” and “the best ones mostly buried and bigger
    than you think” and especially “turned over and over, scrutinized / for the one hidden vein of beauty.”

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  2. Ugh! How did I miss this? Oh, right. It is this awful month.

    Yes. It is a wonder when it comes easy. But it is equally rewarding — or maybe more — when you work for it.

    Love, love the image of the stones. :Just right on. 🙂

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      1. All your piles of … wonderful poems! 🙂 But I know the feeling on the NaPoWriMo thing. By the last week, I was swearing at my keyboard. you are almost there!!!

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