We are being challenged by Lillian over at dVerse to write about the view from our windows, or the view into our windows. Looking In/Looking Out. Join us!
These charming Sandhill Cranes, a breeding pair and their young one (bottom photo) posed for me one very hot day just outside my window. Their prehistoric-sounding call is a delight! The Paranoia part is purely fictional for poetry’s sake.
A Quadrille, as we celebrate the rejuvenating return of The Poet’s Pub at dVerse. The prompt that Grace gives us for our 44 words is ‘Flicker.’ I’ve been a life-long birder, so it should come as no surprise the direction I took this!
Flickering sounds of a woodpecker’s call bound along the waves of heated air toe dancing gingerly just above the blades of indecisive grass
The mate’s reply sifts and simmers peppering the breeze yoked to that ancient
My writing has been flat, my muse bored, and my heart a bit frantic for a kick-start. Jim Harrison’s Songs of Unreason is the best curative known to Jilly. If you are joining in, you are most welcome! Please know that I will not be doing anything formal (linky & etc.), so just drop me a comment to wave at me; I love your beautiful presence. The Harrison line is followed by my first poem. I went with the Tanka form just to be gentle with myself. In case you haven’t written a Tanka before it is like an extended Haiku. 5 lines with syllable counts of 5/7/5/7/7.
Harrison Quote / Day One Prompt:
“In this world of dreams don’t let the clock cut up your life in pieces.”
The continuation of Casting Bricks is not forgotten. I wanted to share my plan and get any feedback you might care to include. We began with the July Challenge and I would like to continue with a once a month challenge posted on the first Friday of each month. That means our next collaborative writing challenge would post on Friday, August 4thand remain open for the entire month.
I know that I ran gleefully into completing all 11 challenge (half) poems from July, finishing them in about a week. That writing frenzy was followed by the clear dull thud of my head hitting the keyboard of my laptop! I also did not have much original poetry to my credit during that week, and while I loved the collaborative challenge and learned much from it, I like the idea of pacing myself.
We now know that our Mr. Linky works very well and that will make it all much smoother. I will give more detailed directions on August 4th for the nuts and bolts of it all.
Please feel free to extend the invitation to any poet who might be interested in joining in with Casting Bricks; the more, the merrier!
Last spring I read Songs of Unreason by Jim Harrison. The collection was a compelling read; so much so, that I went back through it and culled 28 lines as personal writing prompts. Looking back, I realize it was one of the most fruitful times of poetry writing for me, and also one of the most satisfying. While choosing NOT to read any of the poems I wrote in those days, I am returning to the 28 lines with a fresh eye. (Hopefully, 14 months is enough time for me to forget what I wrote before.) Knowing that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry (Burns), I plan to write and post daily for the next 28 days. If you find a line worthy of a writing spark, feel free to join me!