Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fireblossom Friday: The Crack In Everything

There is a song by Leonard Cohen, called "Anthem", which contains these marvelous lines:

"Ring the bells that still can ring.

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack, a crack, in everything--

That's how the light gets in."

For this Fireblossom Friday challenge, I want you to write a poem about a crack, fissure, rupture, split, or breaking point. It can involve something tangible, or intangible. It can be in any form you like.

Just one thing...please only link a NEW poem written for THIS challenge. Thanks, and have fun writing.



 

25 comments:

Cloudia said...

mmmmmmmusing on that!


ALOHA from Honolulu
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Kerry O'Connor said...

Hmmm... This is sure to give rise to many interesting interpretations. Thanks for always challenging us to dig deep, Shay.

Kerry O'Connor said...

And a BIG thank you for the Leonard Cohen. Those words can hit a person where it hurts and heal at the same time.

Mixi said...

FB - Had much fun with this challenge :) Thank you!

Opal Zushaquon said...

Thank you for being here to keep me awake. Closing in on the end of a sitter shift (for an elderly client, not a baby.) I'm ready to go to sleep!

Helen said...

During my winter break, my son and I spent an hour or so in a vintage vinyl record shop ... so many Cohen albums, I lost count ~~ in music heaven! Great challenge, Shay.

Susan said...

A favorite song and a favorite idea. I'll be back to post. Congrats on the book of three. Hard to publish and write at the same time, isn't it? Thanks for adding this to this morning.

Mama Zen said...

I saw the title and immediately finished the Cohen quote! One of my faves. If I can still remember how to write, I'll be all over this.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

One of my favorite quotes too - yay. I shall return with something because - seriously? - my entire WORLD is cracked.

hedgewitch said...

Not sure how anyone can write up to the standard set by the author of this challenge--but this song is perhaps my favorite Cohen song of latter years, and the challenge itself can't fail to make a writer at least try to write. Thanks for the inspiration, Shay.

Anunoy Samanta said...

this is my first attempt with real toads... so, submitted my lines after a lot of apprehension :)

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful challenge, Shay. Gotta love Leonard Cohen.
K

aprille said...

My first attempt at a haibun. Wobbly, to say the least.Thanks Shay.

Tania A said...

Didn't have to look far for a subject for this one. Timely prompt, for me.

Margaret said...

What a thought provoking challenge... I went all over the place with this one and finally found something OK.

Ella said...

oooh, this is a good one :D
Thanks FB~

Fireblossom said...

I will be by tonight or tomorrow night to read everyone's posts. I'm excited to see what you have all done with this! It seems wrong that my paying job is interfering with my blog visits!

Marian said...

hey Shay, just saying, cool prompt, i'm way way behind this week, but will write to it for sure, even if late. xo

Kerry O'Connor said...

@Deborah. I'm sorry I couldn't log in to leave a comment on your blog. I thought your poem was a wonderful abstract piece with a sinister undertone. Thank you for participating in Fireblossom Friday.

Poetic Soul said...

I'm a huge Leonard fan, I have all his albums... This is one of his best songs

Sini Rachel said...

This was another learning trip..a crack in everything is absolutely necessary. Looking forward to see the interpretations of the toads in the garden.

Kerry O'Connor said...

@Elizabeth, I do not see a place to leave a comment on the page you linked but would like to say how much I enjoyed your poem.

DCW said...

Great prompt!

Fireblossom said...

I liked Elizabeth's too, and couldn't see where to comment.

I am finally making all my visits...sorry for the delay!

Margaret said...

Just starting reading the poems... it will take me awhile, as I am hitting a few here and there... but so far, I love the diversity. What a talented and creative bunch of poets we have here in the Garden.