We Write Poems gives us three fuzzy photographs of a naked lady, and asks us to write a poem inspired by the transitions. I thought of using the poem I wrote on Saturday – Another kind of Love – which is all about transitions. Then, the idea occurred to me that the process of writing that poem was also all about transitions, from vague concept to finished piece, rather like the images which constituted the prompt.
A pat first line arrives to provoke me
into starting to write a poem
but progress fails to materialise.
Just a vague idea of where to go
and some of the words to choose.
I persevere, a few lines emerge
standing lonely on the page,
then hiatus, nothing comes
to take it forward out of the fog.
Halting, hesitant, limping along,
I stretch my brain,
give it a good telling off.
A change of direction, and I’m away,
filling in the fuzzy outline
fiddling with word order, and lineation
consulting dictionary and thesaurus,
I read it aloud, with scant approval,
put it aside to hope the mist lifts,
shows the way the poem should go.
A few days later,
luminous clarity reveals
a poem, warts and all.
You will find the photos and some glamorous interpretations at http://wewritepoems.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/prompt-97-its-post-your-poems-day/
BTW, Curio 4 is out with some superb poetry. Joseph has kindly included one of mine again.