The Sunday Whirl, http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/, with wordle prompt #22, a baker’s dozen of, “raw, sheep, verve, yearn, fingertips, omen, muse, mirror, strengthen, opal, corridor, thrust, and thread,” arrived while I’m in the middle of reading Poemcrazy, by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge.
Margo Roby recommended it to me, saying it is one of her favorites. Because my last few postings have been somewhat less than joyful, I thought I’d try some of the techniques from Poemcrazy to lighten my verse. While it worked to a degree, I’m finding it more difficult to embrace the poetic freedom offered in the book than I thought it would be.
It appears I’m pretty set in my ways, and collecting magic words, looking at them in an entirely new way, and manipulating them into new thoughts will take more than a couple days. It will be worth as many attempts as necessary.
By Mike Patrick
Though tentative most of the time,
our relationship survives
on omen threads of awkward silk,
which turn so often into lies.
My time is wasted pleasing you.
You’ve had your fill of offerings burnt?
I place them on your altar raw.
There’s just one thing I finally learnt:
a muse can be a fickle bitch
with a gnat’s attention span.
You screw my sleep by counting sheep
aloud. Without a word you’ll strand
my fingertips above the keys
and steal my weakened verve away.
It’s done no good to idly yearn
to strengthen verse another way.
With callous disregard for art,
you thrust me down gray corridors
of cloudy dreams and distressed hopes
with promises of opal doors,
which open onto golden shores;
but lead instead to more dead ends
or mirror mazes where I’m lost
for days of waste, my time I spend.
As deadlines loom, I cry for you,
because you are my writing crutch;
the keystone to my poetry,
which sometimes glows beneath your touch.
A keystone is a wedge-shaped block used at the top of an arch—the most important block—allowing the arch to hold weight and making it one of the strongest shapes in human architecture. It is what keeps the structure from collapsing.