Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Gift

For many of us, this is the season of giving. I think of poetry as a gift, a way to express our soul, a hidden language,  a way to paint with words.  Here it saysPoetry  is lofty thought or impassioned feeling expressed in imaginative words. I love the take on this word.  

I was wrapping some Christmas gifts and thought of our prompt.  For me, nature is a huge muse, a gift. I always find inspiration, when I go for a walk. The wardrobe of the season is constantly changing.  There is so much visual poetry in our lives. I want you to pen a poem, using a form of visual beauty that speaks to you, as your own personal gift. Or you could share how the gift of poetry arrived in your world.  I don't mean the first rhyming poem in elementary.  I mean the first poem you read that meant something to you, felt like a secret language, only you understood.  Or you can do both, the choice is yours.   Think of it as a little gift.


17 comments:

Kerry O'Connor said...

What a lovely idea, Ella. My first poetry book was The Fireside Book of David Hope 1972 (I was still counting my age in single digits). I have it right here on my shelf... Let me see: Betjeman, Noyes, de la Mare's Scarecrow... but my favourite was Tennyson's poem, The Brook. I would read it out loud ad nauseum, just loving the refrain: For men may come and men may go/ But I go on forever.

Great challenge!

Susie Clevenger said...

Sunrise has always brought me such joy..I have posted a poem titled Ode to Sun's Joy.

Marian said...

oh what a beautiful prompt, ella. thank you for the chance to be introspective.

Ella said...

Thanks everyone! Kerry, I now have to read that poem :D Beautiful!
I love that you can name your first poetry book! Thank you~

Susie-I will come by and read your joy!

Marian-Thank you, I look forward to hearing your reflection.

For me, e e cummings struck a cord, but the poem that I remember leaving a large impact,with me was:
"I wandered Lonely as a Cloud"~
William Wordsworth

Laurie Kolp said...

Nature always inspires me, so thanks Ella!

Mary Mansfield said...

Great prompt today! Looking forward to checking out everyone's poems.

Mary said...

This was a nice prompt to think about Ella! Poetry is a wonderful gift!

Fireblossom said...

Excellent prompt!

Grace said...

Lovely prompt ~ thank you ~

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Cool prompt, Ellie.

turtlememoir said...

I posted a poem earlier today that has a 'gift' in it... will that do?

Amanda Trought said...

This is a great prompt, will give it some thought and be back!

Old Raven said...

I have left a plea for assistance ... so if there are WP bloggers out there I could really use some help. Thanks. I shall be back to read latter.

Ella said...

I love all of the poems you have shared! Touchstones of memories and fragments of thought portrayed in such a beautiful, unique gift!
Thank you for sharing and doing the prompt~ You all have found a way to express many emotions! I'm touched!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Gifts of word gems, all of these! I loved this prompt. Sometimes my writing is a little too philosophical. This helped enlarge my horizons! I'm enjoying the shared works so much!

Ella said...

Mary Ann-Your words took me home~

I can't thank you all enough, for the beauty and heart warming stillness you shared! xXx

Ella said...

Old Raven-so glad you joined in...I loved yours!

Amanda-Thank you for visiting me! :D

Turtlememoir-Yes, it was perfect!

Sherry-Thank you; it was so wonderful to read all of the great responses! :D

Thank you Grace!

Fireblossom-Thank you; now working on yours :D

Mary-Thank you; it really is! :D

MaryM-Thank you, I was amazed at the results!

Laurie-Me too! :D