Things gone by

I love writing prompts. Here I am going about my day, working, cleaning, teaching, cooking,  nagging, more working, more cleaning with not a single thought about writing anything. I open my mailbox and there’s a writing prompt and voila! for the next 30 minutes my humbug world of working, cleaning, cooking, teaching…… (ya! ya! I know you get the drift) recedes into oblivion and my mind comes alive. Pattering with ideas that it just can’t hold on to.

The problem! Till now all the writing prompts I knew of were  about photography. Do photographers need more prompting than poets or story tellers? I don’t know. But that’s the way it was. I used them nevertheless. Feeling like an intruder. Like a girl friend the daughter brought along from boarding school for  a family vacation.

So, this blog came as a happy surprise!  It provides writing prompts for poems :)  I found it  thanks to shiteki na usagi  –  my favorite poetic rabbit and I am eternally grateful. Not because I am very poetic. But cause now after I write a post I wont have to go surfing the net, searching for relevant pictures to insert so as to validate my entry! Often the picture surfing took longer than writing the post. So whoppeee! hurray! long live writing prompts! and long live “we write poems”!  May the likes of you grow and multiply  (shall we say) – like rabbits!!!

We write poems, writing prompt this week was

Simply, write a poem that uses twelve (12) words, no more, no less.

no other rules applied. So, this is  what I did.

remembering today

things gone by : image courtesy filemagazine.com

the shoulder

I once lay

on

oblivious

to the  world

I have titled these 12 words  Things gone by

Here are the other entries I found to this prompt.

as paintings fade

shiteki na usagi

If you do visit them you will be completely floored by their obvious talent in poetry. I am only a dabbler and till someone doesn’t start a blog with prompts for dabblers, I  will have to continue to pretend to be a photographer/ poet/ whatever…….

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19 thoughts on “Things gone by

  1. Thanks for visiting WWP and even more – for participating in our prompt.

    Me, I’m of the school that we are all born poets, but mostly forget. Countless reasons why people write, and poems in particular. But the aspect we can share, and admittedly, my point of view, is that we learn as we go along. So, all qualify! Welcome to the pool.

    I like your poem, and yea, there is a strong sentimental aspect certainly, but there’s also an edge sitting just in the shadows here. And edges are how we notice ourselves, our relationship within this reality. And this prompt in particular encourages recognition of the meanings of language in ways “just out of sight”. So thanks for sharing and hope you come out to play again.

    neil

    • thank you neil for the warm welcome. I loved what you wrote ” And edges are how we notice ourselves, our relationship within this reality..”. I am not sure I understand what you are saying completely but I love the drift! I do agree all of us are born poets, we just lose it over time.I have an 8 year old daughter and she is a poet at soul. I will surely come to “play” again. i loved your “playground” :)

    • I am naturally predisposed to ramble. the short poetry is a completely new style for me too. But I am enjoying experimenting. the best part is it takes mush lesser time to write and edit. a blessing when you are juggling so many “balls” . Would be glad if my comment made “the birthday boy’s” day. he has been such a sport with all those photographs. he deserves a “day maker” :)

  2. Just hopping through to thank you for the mention, and even more so, for the lovely poem. The loose connection between the lines just offers more possibilities for interpretation. You’re well on your way (shoot you’re already there) to being a full-fledged poet. Just go ahead and say so. ;)

      • You are a gifted dabbler. I’m flattered to have been your initial inspiration. Be careful you don’t abandon all the daily chores for writing full-time. I did that and hubby was not very pleased. ;)

  3. I’d say you are far from dabbling… really liked your twelve words and made me remember to appreciate the moment. After all, that’s where we live life. Thanks for a wonderful contribution to the prompt this week!!

  4. Great work. This one is a really tough ask, to write a poetry that to be of 12 words, is not a n easy job by any means. I am glad you could make it to the finish line. :)

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