Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Poems in April ~ Somewhere in the midst of stirring April






Originally meant to astound the Puritanical sensibilities of the 1920s, Cummings's poems of romantic and sexual love remain just as provocative, thrilling and fresh today. For today's prompt I have selected one which completely blew my mind:
 

The Mind Is Its Own Beautiful Prisoner


the mind is its own beautiful prisoner.
Mine looked long at the sticky moon
opening in dusk her new wings

then decently hanged himself, one afternoon.

The last thing he saw was you
naked amid unnaked things,

your flesh, a succinct wand-like animal,
a little strolling with the futile purr
of blood; your sex squeaked like a billiard-cue
chalking itself, as not to make an error,
with twists spontaneously methodical.
He suddenly tasted worms windows and roses

he laughed, and closed his eyes as a girl closes
her left hand upon a mirror.

Cummings exhibited an ongoing interest in both love and the erotic as a subject in both his writing and his painting. As a painter, he dedicated a separate series of paintings each to nudes, burlesques, and to lovers. 

As a poet, he was a sensitive and supple writer who ferreted out distinguishing nuances in relation to love and its complements unlove and lust. The poem speaks of a man who has lost his lover and covers various themes such as loss, betrayal, paradoxical dichotomy and mental self-imprisonment.

Our frame of reference is the title of Cummings's poem. Choose your own form or write in free verse, if preferred. I look forward to reading what you guys come up with. Please do visit others and remember to comment on their poems. Have fun!๐Ÿ“


12 comments:

Susie Clevenger said...

Mine is a little lusty dark. Thanks so much for the inspiration Sanaa.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Susie; It's incredibly potent!๐Ÿ’ž Thank you so much for writing ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Wednesday!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Marian said...

17!!
I'm having weird technical difficulties after an unfortunate spill, yikes. We'll see what happens! Hahaha.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Marian; Loved the poem!๐Ÿ’ž Thank you so much for writing๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Wednesday!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is a poem I would never have written if not for your prompt, Sanaa. It is my favourite writing experience of April thus far, so I am most grateful to you.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wow, I never knew cummings was a painter too!

Will have to do some pondering to get a poem from this, but looking forward to the challenge.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Kerry; You're most welcome๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much for writing to the prompt. Happy Wednesday!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Rosemary; I was surprised too!๐Ÿ˜Š I'm excited to read what you'll come up with!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

Sanaa- A simply marvelous prompt. I hope my words did it justice!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Linda; It did much more than that๐Ÿ˜Š it left me swooning! Happy Wednesday!๐Ÿ’ž☕

brudberg said...

Focused on the prison here... now for reading today's and yesterday's poems.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Bjorn; I loved it! Brilliant response to the prompt๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Wednesday!๐Ÿ’ž☕