Greetings to all poets on Day 19 of Poetry Writing Month. By this time, I am sure that many a muse is feeling torn between exhilaration and exhaustion. For our challenge today, I am returning to one of my favourite prompts, the Micro Poem of between one and twelve lines in a form of your choice.
By way of inspiration, I have chosen the poem, aptly entitled, April, by Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate, the late W.S. Merwin.
(1927 - 2019)
Writing in the Guardian, Jay Parini described Merwin’s mature style as “his own kind of free verse, [where] he layered image upon bright image, allowing the lines to hang in space, largely without punctuation, without rhymes ... with a kind of graceful urgency.” Although Merwin’s writing has undergone stylistic changes through the course of his career, a recurring theme is man’s separation from nature.
Do you have a recurring theme which continues to inspire you to write poetry? I believe that poetry is at its most authentic when the poet becomes, as Frida Kahlo puts it so eloquently, his/her own muse.
I do hope that your own muse will speak to you today as you return to your unique theme. In addition, as this is FRIDAY, a poem in 55 words would be welcomed.