NaPoWriMo: Day 29

Poetry prompt: Jot things down

Whenever you have an idea – write it down. No matter how silly, impossible, distant from the solution you’ve been contemplating, write it down. This unconstrained writing, where you simply don’t censure your thoughts is a technique called free-writing” or “free association”. You can go even step further and write it in the form of a poem.

I pretend this white page is a container,
a casket,
I can fill
with all of my screams and strengths’ of my lungs
that drip needless heart beats.

I pretend
I climb this white page and I linger on its edge
dangle, like an elephant’s rotten fang
I balance between words of sweetness and kindness
what I ought to be
and my giant gap mouth
ready to exfoliate rusty voice.

I pretend this white page is nimble
feasible enough to be my blanket in hours
of loneliness in the streets,
in the minutes of unanswered phone calls
in seconds of disillusioned awe
when I need to cover myself
and escape your stone-sturdy face.


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  1. Reblogged this on SOMETIMES and commented:
    Here is a valuable bit of advice that I have long subscribed to, although I frequently awaken…half way, sometimes…and compose a few lines of a poem that seem so good that there is no doubt that I will remember so as to write my words for posterity after I get up. But alas…I have forgotten words or phrases even as I am in the act of recording them . 🙂 this is especially annoying when in the grip of writing the kind of reunion with Our Muse when the words flow free, sometimes in mid-thought.

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  2. I think free association has much to do with how a poem is written. However randomly the words combine as a statement, and notice how smoothly the words flow. I work with the first line and second and draw out the rest of the poem from there. What is expressed comes down as the lines come down. Excellent example, and I hope other poets take the hint.

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  3. I discuss this way of writing in my posts, “How My Poems Happen” and “How Why Poems Happen, Too.” Thanks for posting the idea. Would it seem elitist of my to suggest the term “pure poetry”? If so, sorry. Too broke for any kind of elitism.

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