“Flutter” : The Surrogate

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The Prompt: Sounds Right—This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?

I’ve always loved the word “’Flutter” as it applies to a butterfly or moth.  What better word could be used to describe the motion of their wings?  The moth described in my poem, however, was noticeable because of its lack of flutter.  It landed upon my computer screen like a magnetized object to metal and remained there for over two hours.  The moth pictured in the poem is the actual moth.  Tiny and green, it became part of my writing experience. Since it had chosen to remain in one position, directly on my screen, I was forced (by choice) to write around it, which could not help but influence the poem that resulted.



14 thoughts on ““Flutter” : The Surrogate

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  3. grieflessons Post author

    Sometimes, and my friends find if realllllly annoying! Actually, I wrote this poem two nights ago and hoped eventually it would work for a prompt. I had to take a picture of the poem to preserve its form as WordPress doesn’t exactly cooperate by maintaining the form of shape poems. This little moth was so exquisite. I’ve never seen such a tiny and subtly patterned and colored moth before. I was so happy to be able to examine it up close for such a long period of time. Originally, Duckie and I were talking on Skype and his words and mine kept zinging under it which had no effect on the moth. Then when we stopped talking, the poem started to take shape. I was lying in bed with only one other light in the house on–the lampshade mentioned in the poem. Usually, this attracts bobos or mosquitoes, but this time it was just this elegant visitor.


  4. grieflessons Post author

    Thanks, Lydia. I’ve had many similar encounters with insects since moving to Mexico, but this one was wonderful in that it was so unplanned and simple–as though the insect itself sought contact. Instead of me inserting myself into its world, it inserted itself into mine. Judy


  5. grieflessons Post author

    And, it is a perfect example of just getting the words down and then editing, editing, editing. The original poem was not very good at all. I tried to get too much into it instead of just concentrating on the moth. But once down, words are easier to cut than they are to insert long after the experience is over. Daring to write a really bad poem is the first step to a good one.


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