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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Isadora's Out of Standard curse


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Today at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, we have Isadora's Out of Standard challenge for the month of May. She says, "The poem is a curse" and I agree, so I have used her words to jumpstart my out-of-standard offering. Thanks, Izy!








the poem is a curse
from the universe
it haunts the back of my mind
no poem is worse

than a word or a verse
that can’t find a rhyme
or a line
it sits in my brain
where it wiggles
and jiggles
and refuses
for weeks to be written
and yet I know
for certain it's so—
when it’s done
I’m sure to be smitten
with love for the look of it
love for its finishedness
love for its very existence
torn from my heart
through my fingers
although in my heart
it yet lingers
and smiles
like a newborn
babe
in my arms
Kay L. Davies, May 28, 2014                                                                     

16 comments:

grapeling said...

"torn from my heart
through my fingers"

exactly so! ~

Sherry Blue Sky said...

From curse to blessing, you have nailed the writing process. Good one, Kay!

Hannah said...

"when it’s done
I’m sure to be smitten
with love for the look of it
love for its finishedness
love for its very existence
torn from my heart
through my fingers
although in my heart
it yet lingers
and smiles
like a newborn
babe
in my arms"

Sorry to quote such a large portion BUT I'm in LOVE with this part!! Excellent work. :)

hedgewitch said...

Very true Kay--this has great flow, and expresses to a tee that hideous feeling of the lurking poem that refuses to make itself plain.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hair OM
This was...heart-wrenching. Gobsmackingly good. YAM xx

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wonderful rhymes! You have so much fun with this!!!

Isadora Gruye said...

Wow kay, this is a very meta-realistic response. You hold true to the viewpoint and drive how the growl each poet knows too well! Thanks for posting on the out of standard!!!

Mara said...

I think you are so clever for writing like this. And a lovely poem at that.

manicddaily said...

Ah lovely--that is exactly true. Thanks, Kay. k.

georgeplaceblog said...

This is wonderful, one so relatable to all writers.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Torn from the heart and through the fingers . . . love that. Trying to write a poem can feel like a curse at times until it all magically comes together.

Helen said...

Yes, yes and triple yes! Writing does feel curse-like at times ....

Kerry O'Connor said...

This really made me smile, Kay. I'm sure we can all relate to the curse of the unwritten poem.

Susie Clevenger said...

love for its finishedness...love that! So often I am cursing unfinishedness :)

Kay L. Davies said...

@ everyone — thank you!
@ Susie — unfinishedness is the worst

C.C. said...

You have depicted this process so well and I love, love, love, "torn from my heart through my fingers."