Aha improvisation



A lightbulb flashes in my head.
A quilt is on the way.
Ideas swirling fast, then faster
Scissors flash and colours play.

Work too long and skills will falter,
mistakes spoil the perfect vision.

A cup of tea restores the mettle,
work resumes with more precision
stitching madly, never settle
until the quilt is on the bed.

A frisson thrills with just one word,
scribbling madly, write it down,
play around with rhyme and metre
Provoking  poem, it’s absurd.

Work too long and skills will falter,
mistakes spoil the perfect vision.

Tweaked and twiddled, new words stirred,
declaimed aloud – melodious sound.
A poem emerges from the pupa,
wrought by poet, undeterred.

Yesterday, I had an incompetent quilting day.  Then I saw this morning’s Writers Island prompt:  improvisation.  This poem was a true improvisation, but the moment I copied it here, a certain amount of tweaking was inevitable.

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11 Responses to Aha improvisation

  1. Kim Nelson says:

    Your quilting scenario could easily double for my painting scenario. Universal is the muse, the challenges, faults and foibles of creation.
    Here’s my take on the prompt:


  2. pamela says:

    Viv, I was right there with you through the process.
    Beautifully done with the refrain.



  3. I loved that. It was inspired. 🙂


  4. Right on! Perfect description of the creative process. Bring on the tea.


  5. Christine says:

    Kept getting these images of vibrant material, sewn together, an artist creating a blanket, then suddenly I saw words, and sentences on paper and an artist creating literature. Wonderful!


  6. RJ Clarken says:

    How clever of you to see the analogy between the two! This made for a fascinating study and a terrific poem (and I love the refrain!)


  7. Clever! Can picture it all and feel the evolution. I like “wrought by poet, undeterred”.


  8. Mike Patrick says:

    Beautiful, Viv. Go with what you know.


  9. Interesting analogy. Yes, I can see the process.


  10. Tilly Bud says:

    I guess the processes are similar: you take random scraps of words/materials and sew them together into something unique and beautiful.


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