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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Of muse and me

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~Vladimir Nabakov


Paper, pen, ideas.. and suddenly our mind goes blank! There are times when we get so caught up with life that we don't get enough time to write. The muse is a fickle fiend which needs to be tickled every now and then. So today I want you guys to go out and breathe in your surroundings. Sit back and relax in a nearby cafe and grab a cup of coffee or tea with a friend. As Francis Bacon wisely states; "Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."

A Walk 

by Rainer Maria Rilke 

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it had inner light, even from a distance-

and charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

Rushes in a Watery Place 

by Christina Rossetti 

Rushes in a watery place,
and reeds in a hollow;
a soaring skylark in the sky,
a darting swallow;
and where pale blossom used to hang
ripe fruit to follow.


Choose your own form or write in free verse, if preferred. I look forward to reading what you guys come up with. The link doesn't expire, so please feel free to write more than one poem. Please do visit others and remember to comment on their poems. Have fun!


20 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

A prompt that makes me want to take my notepad for a walk. And I will. Soon...

Kerry O'Connor said...

Two beautiful poems! Thanks, Sanaa. Such a wonderful gift.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Your prompt jogged some thoughts loose, Sanaa. Thank you!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Magaly; Definitely!❤️ Thanks for stopping by, gorgeous❤️
@Kerry; Thank you so much, so glad you liked it!❤️
@Sherry; Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem!❤️

Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for your lovely prompt today Sanaa

much love...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Gillena; You totally floored me with your echo verse!🍹

angieinspired said...

the wall behind a toilet i frequent, pretty infrequently, struck my muse today...of all things. lol

Jim said...

Wonderful choices, Sanaa.
I've lived both poems:
I've had a wonderful life.
Did every thing I need to do
and more. Not all pleasant but enriching to say the least.
Most of all helped with my
empathy for fellow travelers.
..

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

How wonderful, Sanaa. This afternoon is the first session of a new (real-life) women writers' group I'm facilitating. What a fabulous prompt this is to share with them!

(And hope to write to it myself, later.)

Sanaa Rizvi said...

That sounds wonderful, Rosemary!💘 Thank you soo much!💘

Martin Kloess said...

I showed my support by reading.

paulscribbles said...

I was writing as this landed so it was fated to come here. Off to spend some time under canvas away from all things wifi/email. I'll do some reading and commenting afore I go. See you on the other side.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Martin; Thank you for your constant support❤️
@Paul; Off to read you❤️ have a lovely day!

Fireblossom said...

I have not forgotten you, Sanaa. Hedge is hosting Flash 55 and you are over here--I am writing as fast as I can! ;-)

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Fireblossom; Lol💘 You totally rock!!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

My submission is about where I was upon awakening.

Fireblossom said...

here I am, a day late and a dollar short as usual!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Moskowitz; Thank you!
@Fireblossom; YAY!💘

Outlawyer said...

Hi Sanaa-- I am very belated, but much enjoyed the prompt. Thanks! k.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Karin; Thank you so much! Heading over to read you now❤️