NaPoWriMo 2021, Day 30

How to Find a Poem

Only a fool waits for a poem to come to him.
You have to call for it like a proper blind date,
knocking on its door
and seeing beauty in whatever opens it.

Take it dancing.
Twirl it around the floor,
letting words fly off in all directions.

Leave what flutters off alone.
Someone else will pick it up
and dance with it.
No word is a wallflower,
although some are chosen more frequently to dance.
Those are the words to avoid.
 
Do not always choose the prettiest words.
In the dance of the poem,
the ugliest of words acquire a charm.

Do not insist that you yourself lead.
Let the poem, instead, draw you
off the dance floor,
out the door
and down the path
to deep woods
where all the wild words live.

Gather them in bouquets
or weave them into chains
to crown your head––
that head of the poet
who follows where the poems go
and collects them by armfuls to share with the world.

 

The last NaPoWriMo prompt for the year 2021 is to write a poem in the form of a series of directions describing how a person should get to a particular place.

 

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

11 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2021, Day 30

  1. kim881

    I love the opening lines, Judy, the thought of taking a poem dancing, and sharing what flutters off, letting someone else pick it up and dance with it. ‘No word is a wallflower’ made me smile. And the best advice:
    ‘Do not insist that you yourself lead.
    Let the poem, instead, draw you
    off the dance floor,
    out the door
    and down the path
    to deep woods
    where all the wild words live.’

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  2. Ron.

    I think we’re feeling the same vibe this morning Judy. I generally try to avoid metapoetics when i can, but sometimes – times like this – it just seems more appropriate. I’m not sure sure i could give decent directions to anyone about anything except finding / writing poetry.

    Thanks for a great NaPoWriMo. I’ll see you around!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Ron. I, too, find myself less and less prone to direct others, more prone to letting myself be lead–not so much by others as by a different part of myself.

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