A Study in Transitions for WWP

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,
scribbling madly
writing badly
erasing sadly
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.

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11 Responses to A Study in Transitions for WWP

  1. neil reid says:

    I like this Viv! It takes some poetic courage and honesty to directly accept “whatever” it is that comes to us in response. And really Viv, that’s all that this (and maybe every) prompt really asks of us. No wrong answers (much as we sometimes edit ourselves). So this is not just a fine poem but an excellent example of doing what a poet should. Listen and respond.

    scribbling madly, writing badly, erasing sadly

    And what lovely fun you had with your “suffering”! Thanks Viv.



  2. Love the last stanza, Viv.



  3. Congrats on your “Curio,” inclusion, Viv. I like in this poem the talking-to that you give yourself, humorous. Smiles to you, poetic friend!


  4. Claire says:

    Great poem about the halts and starts of process!


  5. irene says:

    I love the “warts and all”. I often display my poem exactly like that. Your process poems are always such fun.


  6. mareymercy says:

    I love that entire middle stanza!


  7. Isnt that often the way, with poems? I love it, Viv!


  8. b_y says:

    That provoking pat beginning. Oh, yes.
    I’m glad you got that. The image gave me next to nothing.


  9. I like it, Viv, the prompt images and your vision of poetry creation go together well.


  10. Mabel Lee says:

    I can definitely relate. Interesting direction you took with this prompt, and I do love that first line, as well as the last 🙂


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