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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.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

FASHION ME YOUR WORDS TO ~ stretch the imagination


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Hi toads, today i want you to stretch your imagination; ponder a natural disaster, past or recent, and tell me, what role you think, the gods might be playing, resulting in that particular natural disaster.

For a little oomph, along the creative process, read the following poem - 'Tremor' by Melissa Allen (appearing on page 46 of 'We Are All Japan Anthology', edited by Robert D. Wilson and Sasa Vazic 2012)

TREMOR

All it is
is the sliding of plates.

I always image freshly washed ones,
sliding warm and damp,
squeaking slightly
in protest
as you return them
to the cupboard

I forget how plates slip
from between your fingers.

What god concieved of this way
of building a planet?
This haphazard layer
of broken pottery
we have to step over.
The bare feet we're born with.

The liveliness of children
as they dance

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Your poem can take any form you wish in your delivery, my only constrain is that you use ONE HUNDRED OR LESS WORDS.

Have fun dear Toads, looking forward to reading some very very interesting writes






16 comments:

said...

Wow. That poem made my eyes damp.

Kerry O'Connor said...

It made the soles of my feet hurt.

Gillena Cox said...

Dear 〄
YES its a short one but its powerful use of images

Looking forward to reading your post

much love...

Gillena Cox said...

Yes I can well imagine Kerry, it is potent in content
Looking forward to reading your post

much love...

Samyuktha Jayaprakash said...

This is a fun prompt!

brudberg said...

No disaster is more potent for me than the 2004 boxing day tsunami

gillena cox said...

Thanks for taking part Björn

Much love...

gillena cox said...

Looking forward to reading something from you Samyuktha

Much love...

Anonymous said...

Were is everyone?

Margaret said...

Amazing sample poem! And this made me finally write this memory down. Thank you.

gillena cox said...

Here Martin. 😊 Looking forward to reading something from you

Much love...

gillena cox said...

Thank you for participating Margaret

Much love...

Julian said...

An emotional piece of poetry and with so much imagery too.

gillena cox said...

Thanks for participating Julian

Much love...

Toni Spencer said...

I did enjoy this prompt and although I did not write about Hurricane Hazel, I have intense memories of my father holding me as he walked through knee deep water to our house after he had taken me out of kindergarten. I wrote instead about the tsunami of 2011 in Japan - a truly painful event for me and people I knew.

Gillena Cox said...

Toni thank you for participating. I watch the TV coverage of Harvey's rampage with tears and silent prayers

much love...