Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Creative spaces in the garden

Over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, our boss toad Kerry has asked us to consider our creative spaces, and to be creative in our approaches to the idea.

“Whether your approach to the theme is literal, figurative, symbolic or zen is entirely up to you,” she says.

Here, then, is mine, approached, as usual, sideways instead of straight on. I started writing more than 60 years ago, and haven't made much progress, but I've had a lot of fun with it.

it started with a pencil
now I need a board of keys
so I can let my thoughts be-
come my bits of poetry...
my poetry is often bad
but it is very seldom sad,
for playing
like a wordsmith
is the best fun to be had.
words are my tools
and they’re my toys
unlike the toys
of girls and boys
that must be sought
and then be bought...
my words
are in my head!
words wake me up
sometimes at night
and if I love
them, then I might
get up and turn
my iMac on
and play with words
until the dawn,
or write them down
and then
go back to sleep...
I never know
what words will do
when in my head
they show—
they often might
a poem make
or else they might
be a mistake
I never know
what words will do
to me.

Kay L. Davies, February, 2014

Author photo by Richard Schear.
Famous poets photos from Getty Images via


Fireblossom said...

Hey...who is that poet on the lower left?!? :-)

Kay L. Davies said...

Thanks, Shay. I was just adding photo credits as you were commenting. LOL
Luv, K

Anonymous said...

Admirably K, your pen is sweet and takes us on a flight that's neat, so that when in the deep dark you rise to pen a paean, along we ride along your side before to sleep again :) ~

Kay L. Davies said...

@grapeling — Thanks, M, that's very sweet of you.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this, Kay. And yes, penning words is the best fun to be had.....especially at our age, hee hee!

Anonymous said...

We might never know and that's the beauty of words.. they take us places. Nicely penned!

Hannah said...

You inspire with your love and dedication to words, truly, Kay! Thank you!

Small Kucing said...

I love to read but when comes to writing my mind is blank

Susan said...

A rhyming rap! How cool is that? And your timeline is mighty fine. I believe words play with you night and day and between times too.

diane b said...

I think you have developed well as a writer and this poem proves it.

Susie Clevenger said...

I so enjoy your pen that often balances my tip to the darker side.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
HOORRRAAAYYY!! Brava!!! Loving the words too... ;->
YAM xx

Weekend-Windup (John Paul) said...

Good one...

Kerry O'Connor said...

I also started with a pen and notebook - now I can't think straight unless I'm in front of a monitor.
I love the way the words flow down the page between the faces of poets who continue to be an inspiration to me, and others. So lovely to see your picture there too.

Helen said...

You are beautiful .... this is beautiful.

Penelope Postcards said...

I can relate. Words are playful powerful tools that can say a lot or nothing about something. The right words written at night can seem wrong in the morning and more fitting words can show up suddenly upon waking as if fermenting in a dream.

Mama Zen said...

Delightful, Kay!

Robyn Greenhouse said...

I like your picture with all the other poets! How great to have a toy that doesn't need to be bought or sought!

SquirrelQueen said...

Well I must say you are in rather good company in this post Kay. Thanks for giving us a peek at your creative thoughts. When I was younger I did a lot of writing but not so much now. Sometimes I will jot down the makings of a story.

Margaret said...

…and if I love them, I might get up… Ha! Love that. I also must have a keyboard. My son, (the old soul:) must have pen and his ever present small notebook.

Sam Edge Author said...

playful and perfect Kay.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Of course, you've made progress.
It's a long road writing, with many gems.

Kay said...

You have such a gift with words, Kay!