I write poetry. I play with images conjured up while sleeping, until a message appears. (I describe this process in an earlier post: Composing Poetry. ) I’ve noticed that the dreams, and consequently the poems, will follow a particular theme, and I thought it might be interesting to introduce the poems of a series to one another and see what might emerge.
To create the poem that follows, I chose two lines from each of ten poems, all relationship themed. Mostly, I chose the lines that either appealed or stood out to me. Keeping the pairs intact, I played with the order. Here is the result:
Here’s a girl, book smart, heart
uncertain, romance a fluttery desire
She’s in the kitchen cleaning, prepping
sweetness; wishes to nurture childlike
routine – a barrier to what
lies within, darkness waiting
Funny, this present impulsivity –
am alone, overweight, a dreamer
Pretense overcomes stage fright
a worthwhile role for any story
not a glittery, star-crusted version
but a well-worn edition, creative
I am solid, ebony, earthen
know that I have value
Unknown depths below
and shadows, murky –
Broken parts craving protection
surrender to the catharsis of creativity
Fear and protectiveness retreat, helpless
in the face of the adventure that calls.
(Poems borrowed from: Dialogue, Whale Dreams, Questing, Invitation Anxiety, Unbridled, Hatched, Relationship Saboteur, Tender Hearts Fall, Demon Prowler, and Alcohol’s Child. To view originals, visit One Woman’s Quest )
Writer, avid reader, former educator, and proud grandmother, currently experiencing life through the lens of ME/CFS. Words are, and always have been, a lifeline. Some of the best adventures, I'm discovering, take place in the imagination.